Feel the need to boost your tired repertoire of dishes in the kitchen? Try a cooking class. From a few hours in the weekend to a term of night classes, from chocolate to cheesemaking, there are classes to suit your every culinary urge — and you get to eat your creations (for better or worse). Here are some tasty places to start.
Surely the most fragrant classroom in New Zealand, this Parnell school headed by Sachie Nomura, right, focuses on Asian food - sushi making, Hanoi street food, Thai banquets, Indian curries. Next class: Taste of Malaysia, tomorrow 6.30pm-9pm, $89.
2: Main Course
This cooking school, run out of the atmospheric Auckland Gas Company building alongside Victoria Park, has been around since 2003. It offers a range of classes, from basic skills and ethnic cooking to cheesemaking and kids' classes. Next class: Namaste India, Wednesday at 6pm, $99.
As well as training aspiring hospitality professionals, this Viaduct-based school offers classes for those of us who merely aspire to serve something edible (and drinkable) in our own dining rooms.
Next class: Handmade pasta, October 8, $75.
Whether you want to dazzle party guests with your fondant daisies and gumpaste gerberas or just learn to decorate a cupcake, Milly's cake-decorating classes in Parnell are a good starting point. Next class: Macaron baking, tomorrow, 6pm-8pm, $50.
5: Community education classes
For cheaper options, check out night classes at high schools in your area - a select few have survived the funding cuts. Sample class: Roberto's Italian Kitchen, Fraser High School, Hamilton, starting November 1, $65 plus ingredients for three classes. For Auckland classes, see aucklandcommunityeducation.co.nz