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Cooking Schools

Let 2018 be your year to get your hands dirty in the kitchen.

Our Margan Cooking Schools will equip you with the basic skills in the kitchen to make your dinner parties the envy of all of your family and friends.

Over the course of the year, we will cover all of the kitchen basics including knife skills, filleting, deboning and curing fish, pasta and cheese making and handling and preparation of proteins, vegetables and Perigold Black Truffles.

Each class starts in the famed Margan Kitchen Garden, learning about how we grow and maintain our vegetables and fruits and then harvesting the produce that you will use to cook with. Wonder through the citrus orchard and collect freshly laid eggs. Hear the Head Chefs thought processes and planning behind a menu based around sustainable living including some tips for your own garden. We then don aprons and progress to the kitchen to get to the fun stuff!

The piece de resistance? 3 course lunch in our highly awarded One Hat Margan Restaurant with matched wines and the Brokenback Mountain Range as your backdrop.

Make your weekend away in the Hunter Valley one to remember! Join us for the whole series, or just one or two. Either way, your future dinner guests will love you for it!

February 2018
Filleting, deboning & curing fish
Sun, 11/02/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00 per person

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Theme: With your knife at the ready, chef will guide you through the process of filleting, descaling and deboning a fish. You will learn the process of curing before watching the intricate detail behind plating a dish and then it’s yours to enjoy!

April 2018
A Little Bit of Italy - Gnocchi
Sun, 08/04/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00 per person

Theme: Let the “Little Bit of Italy” Festival take a hold of you and release your inner Italian! Learn the art behind turning our garden harvested potatoes into fluffy pillows of perfect gnocchi.

Suitable for Vegetarians 

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June 2018
Butchery Demo, Roast Lamb Shoulder & Frenching racks
Sun, 03/06/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00 per person

Theme: See a master at work whilst our chef demonstrates the art of whole animal butchery of our own Suffolk Lamb that are reared on the Estate. Enforcing the nose to tail philosophy, you will get busy butchering and preparing different cuts of meat and receive the inside tips for perfecting the cooking processes

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July 2018
Linguini with truffle butter emulsion, truffle preservation and care
Sun, 08/07/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00* per person.(*Additional $20 per person for truffle.)

Theme: Only available for 6 weeks out of the year, these precious and delicious “black diamonds” can cost you a small fortune and our chef will take you through the process of caring and storing the truffle and how to reach maximum value of the product including oils, butters and infusions. You will get your hands dirty making and rolling out linguini pasta but before enjoying we lather with a generous shaving of fresh truffle!

Suitable for Vegetarians 

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Linguini with Truffle butter emulsion
Sun, 22/07/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00* per person.(*Additional $20 per person for truffle.)

Theme: Only available for 6 weeks out of the year, these precious and delicious “black diamonds” can cost you a small fortune and our chef will take you through the process of caring and storing the truffle and how to reach maximum value of the product including oils, butters and infusions. You will get your hands dirty making and rolling out linguini pasta but before enjoying we lather with a generous shaving of fresh truffle!

Suitable for Vegetarians 

Book Cooking School Now or Buy a Cooking School Gift Voucher

August 2018
Linguini with Truffle butter emulsion
Sun, 05/08/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00* per person.(*Additional $20 per person for truffle.)

Theme: Only available for 6 weeks out of the year, these precious and delicious “black diamonds” can cost you a small fortune and our chef will take you through the process of caring and storing the truffle and how to reach maximum value of the product including oils, butters and infusions. You will get your hands dirty making and rolling out linguini pasta but before enjoying we lather with a generous shaving of fresh truffle!

Suitable for Vegetarians 

Book Cooking School Now or Buy a Cooking School Gift Voucher

September 2018
Cheese Making
Sun, 09/09/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00 per person.

Theme: In collaboration with a local dairy, chef will instruct you through the process of making haloumi and ricotta cheese which is easy for you to replicate at home! With veggies flourishing from the garden it sounds like the perfect match!

Suitable for Vegetarians 

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November 2018
Whole Suckling pig butchery demo, crispy pork belly, Frenching the racks
Sun, 18/11/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00 per person.

Theme: See a master at work whilst our chef demonstrates the art of whole animal butchery of local suckling pigs. Enforcing the nose to tail philosophy, you will get busy butchering and preparing different cuts of meat and receive the inside tips for perfecting the cooking processes.

Book Cooking School Now or Buy a Cooking School Gift Voucher

December 2018
Tricks for the perfect Christmas Feast
Sun, 09/12/2018

Get your hands dirty! Start with a garden tour and harvest Continue with a hands on cooking school and afterwards, enjoy the fruits of your labour with a delicious lunch in the award winning Margan Restaurant. Sunday 10am, bookings essential. $150.00 per person.

Theme: Need help impressing the family at Christmas this year? Blow their Christmas socks off with this scrumptious roast chicken recipe and the perfect crispy but fluffy roast potatoes! Whilst that’s in the oven, whisk up some silky brandy custard to pour over the Christmas pudding.

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