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Sydney Seafood School

Bank Street Pyrmont | Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
+61 2 9004 1111
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Morgan the Amazing!!

Saturday morning with Morgan McGlone & with him having come straight from the airport after a quick... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TLADWR
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Faulconbridge, Australia
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Excellent experience with amazing presenter!

Brigid Treloar was simply incredible! She made the complicated look simple and what's more, helped... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Francois B
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With 13,000 guests a year attending classes, Sydney Seafood School is Australia’s leading cooking school. It was established in 1989, when Sydney’s food obsession was in its infancy; French was the largest category in leading restaurant guides and Asian flavours, taken for granted today, were still considered exotic. The NSW fishing fleet caught plenty of whiting, bream, snapper and flathead to supply the local market. But in doing so, they also netted octopus, squid, red mullet, crabs, mussels and other species with which shoppers weren’t familiar … at least not familiar enough to take them home and cook them. A large part of the fishermen’s catch was unwanted and sold as bait or for next to nothing to those who did appreciate it. Initially established to create a demand for these more unusual species, the School has slowly broadened its reach to teach local, interstate and overseas food-lovers how to cook a huge variety of cuisines. While seafood is still its raison d'être, there's no longer any need to convince most people to try cooking with mussels, octopus or crabs, in fact abalone, sashimi, pipis and sea-snails don't daunt many of the food-savvy guests who now fill classes most weekday evenings and weekends. Asian flavours are in demand, with a class beginning in the Thai shops of Chinatown among the most popular; and leading Australian chefs, including Christine Manfield, Matthew Moran and Guillaume Brahimi, are among the School’s presenters. All classes commence in the School’s tiered auditorium with a demonstration of the dish or dishes to be prepared. It may look easy in skilled hands, but recreating it later in your own kitchen can be quite another thing. This is where Sydney Seafood School is unique … after watching the demonstration, guests roll up their sleeves and, in groups of five with guidance from the presenter and assistants, recreate the dishes, preparing a delicious seafood meal which they then sit down and enjoy with a complimentary wine tasting. To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2009, the School underwent a major refurbishment by leading designer Michael McCann of dreamtime australia design, making it Australia’s most beautiful cooking school with a stunning sandstone entry wall by award-winning sculptor Michael Purdy, Icelandic fish leather lining the auditorium, and wild ‘blackboard graffiti’ on the hands-on kitchen walls. Rich oak wood panelling, an aubergine-hued marble demonstration bench, sleek stainless steel and lots of glass complete the look. Guests cook at custom-made, stainless steel cooking islands fitted with state-of-the-art Fisher & Paykel appliances, including a gas CookSurface, oven, refrigeration unit and extraction system. Hettich soft close drawers, hinges and runners ensure all cabinetry opens and closes smoothly and silently and 46" High Definition LCD Sharp television screens above the demonstration bench ensure a perfect view of all the cooking action.Once the cooking's over, guests adjourn to the dining room which features a 180º photomural of Blackwattle Bay and fishnet chandeliers with over 6,000 gently glowing globes. It's casual but comfortable with cloth serviettes, Villeroy & Boch china and Spiegelau glassware, plus coffee from the School's Nespresso coffee machines. Sydney Seafood School conducts a wide range of classes for all skill levels, from a simple paella or stir-fry to the more complex weekend workshops with leading chefs. A vast array of cuisines and cooking styles are covered, including the School's most popular class, Seafood BBQ, using built-in 5-burner Beefeater gas barbecues and scheduled five or six times a month to keep up with demand!
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Bank Street Pyrmont | Sydney Fish Market, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 2 9004 1111
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saturday morning with Morgan McGlone & with him having come straight from the airport after a quick trip home from New York - where he cooked for the likes of movie star Kevin Hart - it was an absolute pleasure to laugh and interact with...More

Thank TLADWR
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Brigid Treloar was simply incredible! She made the complicated look simple and what's more, helped us to achieve cooking food to her standards! The rest of the staff also lovely and helpful. I have learned so much today, even after 40 years of cooking!

Thank Francois B
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Foodies, come! My wife and I attended a course ostensibly labeled BBQ Seafood, which it was not. However, the facilities, the staff, the organization were first rate and we learned a lot. We live in Sicily and were aghast at how long they cooked swordfish....More

1  Thank bunnellr54
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

To say it was hectic is an understatement, Sat afternoon nice day , to start parking was nearly impossible, managed to get one after a number of trips around the car park . I have been calling in regularly lately as have a building site...More

Thank bulldogs24
RobertaSydney, Manager at Sydney Seafood School, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2017

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your meal at Sydney Fish Market - the sashimi is a winner, isn't it? However, I just wanted to point out that you posted your review under the cooking school, Sydney Seafood School (which I manage), not under the...More

Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Well run venue providing demonstration and hands on cooking, using quality ingredients. Recipes we made included crab, mussels, squid and whole snapper. Great activity for couples singles and groups.

Thank tracycyclone
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We have been to quite a few classes here and never experienced disappointment. The model they use where you sit and watch an excellent practitioner produce the meals while you have a chance to ask questions and make notes on the recipes, followed by the...More

1  Thank Shauna P
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Booked in to a seafood BBQ cooking class on Saturday not knowing what to expect. It starts off in a small terraced auditorium with trainer out front and several screens with overhead view providing a good look at the detail whats happening on the bench....More

1  Thank Anthony P
Reviewed 19 October 2016

I've attended several courses at the Seafood School and enjoyed them all. As someone who was fairly new to cooking seafood, the Seafood Basics course was really useful. I learned how to fillet and skin fish, prepare squid and crab and how to de-vein prawns....More

Thank Gaz_Aus
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Fun and fabulous experience. Paella cooking class starts with a well presented demonstration that went for about one hour. . You then move to another room where you have 4 to 6 to one of the many modern benches. All ingredients are layed out and...More

2  Thank Dael P
Reviewed 15 August 2016

We attended the Sydney Seafood School with friends this past weekend and had one of the best seafood meals that I've had in years. The class was masterfully instructed by Phil Wood of Eleven Bridge (Formerly Rockpool) and consisted of four seafood dishes that were...More

Thank Jeff G
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Maha A
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Response from RobertaSydney | Property representative |
Hi Maha - thanks for your interest - all Sydney Seafood School classes are just single events: 2, 3 or 4 hours long depending on the class- and all are hands-on and finish with a meal. So you could do 1 or more during your... More
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