Gourmet Giveaway: Two double passes to The Social Kitchen

I love nothing more than a cooking class so the closure of the cooking school at Queen Vic market earlier this year was a sad day.  There is a temporary replacement though and it’s even bigger and better.  Opening last week I was invited to try out Fisher & Paykel’s pop up cooking school “The Social Kitchen” with Peter Rowland catering right in the heart of the market.  

The Social Kitchen

The Social Kitchen is here for six month and includes a Chefs Collective, headed up by Shane Delia, who are taking four-hour Master Classes twice a week, with ‘cook and shop’ classes the other days.  There’s a whole heap of interesting classes from Vietnamese street food to how to cook the perfect turkey.  

Not a help but a hindrance: Shane Delia and Sofia Levin
Not a help but a hindrance: Shane Delia and Sofia Levin

Although temporary no expensive has been spared in the fitout.  Rows of gleaming work stations and cook tops mean this is a cooking school where you actually “do” rather than just watch.  From experience I’ve found this is certainly the best way to learn different techniques.  

Sitting down to dig in to what we made
Sitting down to dig in to what we made

Our class involved making a paella under the watchful eye of Peter Rowland executive chef Neil Rock and Shane Delia who was mainly busy disrupting the cooking!  Classes have a relaxed atmosphere and cooking is done the way I like it, with a glass of wine in hand.  Then at the end of the class you all sit down to eat what you’ve created.  

Deconstructed Eton Mess (with flowers) for dessert at The Social Kitchen
Deconstructed Eton Mess (with flowers) for dessert at The Social Kitchen

Gourmet Giveaway

I’ve got two double passes to The Social Kitchen to give away.  They are valued at $135 a ticket ($270 for the pair).  To win one of the double passes to The Social Kitchen:

1. Leave a comment below listing the class you want to attend; and

2. Sign up for the free fortnightly Gourmet Chick newsletter (ignore this step if you’ve already signed up).

The competition closes at 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time on Tuesday 25 November. The two winners will be selected using random.org and will be announced on Gourmet Chick on Wednesday 26 November. 

Gourmet Chick was a guest of The Social Kitchen at a trial evening. 

Details: The Social Kitchen, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne 
Damage: Pricey. From $135 a ticket.


  1. I’d attend the Chefs Collective

  2. A fantastic initiative that looks great, would love to take my 12 year old son

  3. I would love to attend the Sparkling NZ Seafood class, thanks Cara!

  4. The Heirloom Vegetables class looks amazing! I would love to attend that!

  5. Can’t decide between the seafood or the berries!

  6. I’m obsessed with southern American cooking so I’d love to attend the Americana – Too Cool for School class

  7. I would love to attend the NZ Seafood class!

  8. I’d love the shop n cook class !

  9. Same here – cooking classes excite me! Good luck to all joiners, this looks a fun and info-packed event!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  10. Amazing…yes please! The chefs collective for sure otherwise the Vietnamese street food.

  11. My partner and I would love to attend the ‘Jingle Bell Rock Cooking Class’! We are hosting our first Christmas together and need some tips!

  12. I lived in New Zealand, so I’ll go with the NZ seafood class. Yum!

  13. NZ seafood sounds ace!! That’d be my pick.

  14. What a great competition — here’s hoping I’ll win. Since I lived in New Zealand for a couple of years, I’m going to have to go with the NZ seafood class.

  15. The NZ Seafood class! 🙂
    (Altho would prefer the Vietnamese class but looks like its dates have already gone..)

  16. I’d love to learn more about cooking with the fresh seafood I pass in the market every week. So it’d be the Sparkling NZ Seafood course or the Singapore Fling for me!

  17. Americana seems right up my alley!

  18. Super food mastery!! trying to eat healthier and still enjoy the food! what better way to inspire and keep up the nutrition!

  19. We’d love to attend the ‘seasonal berries’ class. YUM!

  20. Mediterranean magic… is the class i would love to attend.

  21. Mediterranean Magic Cooking Class would be my choice!

  22. Would love to check out the Americana – Too Cool for School class!

  23. Would love to attend the Vietnamese Street Food class!

  24. I couldnt see where the winners were announced!

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