Simon Bryant and Kurma Dasa ABC 6.30pm March 4th

Remember to watch the Sticky Rice Cooking School on the Cook and the Chef on ABC at 6.30pm on March 4th 2009.

Here is Simon and Kurma with the film crew at the Central Market in December when filming took place.

We have an evening class on that night so I’ll have our TV showing it to students at the School as they chop!

Corporate Cooking Classes in Adelaide

The Sticky Rice Cooking School has successfully marketed their interactive hands on cooking classes to corporate clients for team building and social private classes.

SA Tourism’s Corporate Services team were visitors to the school last October and thoroughly enjoyed a team build day cooking up some delicious Malaysian recipes with Chef Ali Seedsman… event organiser and Manager of the team Andrew Wroniak says

“We found Sticky Rice Cooking School on the SA Tourism Commission’s website SouthAustralia.com. We booked it by calling over the phone which was very easy.”

“The food was exceptional and each team member had to help out others in some of the more complicated sections which was the point of a team building exercise.”

“I would like come back again” “we had a great time and the day exceeded many of the staff’s expectations”

Adlab Design and Advertising “had a real ball” at their social get together in Jan 09 when they headed up the hill after work for an evening of Sushi making with Shiki restaurant chef Yukiko Anschutz.

“There wasn’t anyone who was there that didn’t have a great time says organiser of the event Kate Evans” and the quality of the food that came out of that class was overwhelmingly impressive says owner Claire Fuller.

Guests were welcomed in the doors at 5.30pm and offered drinks and nibbles consisting of some freshly cooked crispy Tempura prawns with wasabi and soy dipping sauce and stacked bamboo steamers containing delicious little wonton parcels of pork and shitake mushrooms were temptingly set down before the guests.

While these delicacies were consumed alongside some chilled Adelaide Hills wines, Yukiko started the class by explaining the essential Japanese ingredients and unique seasonings which were handed around to taste smell and touch.

All class members got down to some sushi making mastering a variety of impressive Sushi techniques including California Roll, King Prawn Nigiri sushi, Inside out Roll with Tobiko and Bean Curd Pocket Sushi.

Next on the menu was Chicken Yakitori(Skewers of Glazed Chicken with Teriyaki sauce), and a Japanese broth of ginger and mushrooms. The sit down meal was served with complimentary wine and rounded off by a Tantalising Sake Pannacotta served with Apricot Compote.

A Sticky Rice Cooking Class can be booked to suit your choice of cusine and dates and times can be negotiated. Call the office on 8339 1314 to enquire about private and corporate rates.

The Cook and The Chef filming at Sticky Rice Cooking School

Here is the link to Kurma Dasa’s blog of his weekend with us in December where we were filmed for the TV Series The Cook and The Chef.

I particularly liked his comment about our beautiful new kitchen space being one of the best kitchens he has ever had the pleasure to cook in!

Kurma has more classes in the calendar now at the Sticky Rice Cooking School on Jan 24th and 25th then again in April and June 2009.

The footage will go to air on Wednesday 4th March 6.30pm ABC

Cooking Classes in Adelaide on TV

Ali Seedsman
         Ali Seedsman and Kurma Dasa                 click to enlarge

Our Class participants on Saturday at Kurma Dasa’s ‘Classics from the Subcontinent Class’ will be screened on the TV show The Cook and The Chef on March 4th. If you want to attend Kurma’s Sunday class this week be quick and book your spot onto the Indian Shared Table class starting at 2pm this Sunday 14th Dec.

Click here for booking details of Sunday’s Class with Kurma

Ali Seedsman as seen in today’s article in the Advertiser’s Indulge section and Yukiko Anschutz have plenty to offer in the calendar at the moment so be sure to have a look.

Click here for the full class calendar

You can’t go past a Sticky Rice Gift Voucher for a great Christmas present and with your voucher you will receive the latest 8 page Newsletter packed full of classes to choose from. All our vouchers are valid for a full 12 months and can be purchased and redeemed online or by phone. It couldn’t be easier!

Click here for online vouchers

To download a copy of our current Newsletter which has the latest news, recipes, chef’s profiles and over 50 classes click here.

Cooking Classes Adelaide

Whether you’re visiting or living in Adelaide, a Sticky Rice Cooking class is a great place to spend a day out learning new skills and making new friends. Our calendar of classes is constantly expanding as new chefs come on board bringing new and innovative food ideas.

Wine and dine on your creations at the end of your class – great fun for young and old.

Listed in Top 3 Hotspots for SA by Adelaide Annual 2009

We have been named as one of the Top 20 Hotspots for 2009 by the Adelaide Annual 2009 as published by the Advertiser recently and we are one of only 3 places listed in SA. This publication is on sale from now until March 2009.

We are listed amongst luxury resorts in Beijing , Hong Kong and Shanghai; amongst Botswana Lodges, Sensational Wildlife experiences in India  and alongside visiting Scotland for the 250th Anniversary of legendary poet Robert Burns!
The listing has come about after two independent freelance journalists visited and participated in classes at the Sticky Rice Cooking School during the first month of opening. I thought that the editorial which was published in the October edition of the Adelaide Magazine and the food shoot with Chef Kelly Lord scheduled to be published in March 09 was great coverage and the most we could expect. When I saw the listing in the Annual I let out a squeal of excitement in the shop!
I am very proud that we have been able to impress people with the product that we have on offer here and I am especially pleased that the customers are enjoying these classes. I am very appreciative of the time that some people have taken to let me know how well we are doing. It really is a pleasure to run these classes. Claire Fuller

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Up and Running and Receiving Astonishingly Great Reviews.

The Sticky Rice Cooking School opened its doors to customers on 2nd November 2008 when Kelly Lord from the famous Spirit House Restaurant in Queensland kicked off with a series of Asian and Middle Eastern classes including a Taste of Thailand, SE Asian Curries and a Thai Feast for Friends. All classes including the Exotic Moroccan Spice class have met with an exceptionally high standard of customer feedback and in many cases repeat bookings on the day from inspired and impressed food lovers. The feedback has been 100% positive and the classes have far exceeded the expectation of customers. Comments such as ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ ‘Fantastic Experience’  ‘Great attention to details’ and “Exceeded Expectation to Infinity and Beyond” have been received daily from impressed and happy customers.
Owner Claire comments that “customers have really been enjoying the social side of the hands on cooking classes and the restaurant quality food and expert tuition has won the approval of even the most practised cooks, experienced cooking class junkies and discerning food lovers.”
One customer rang after a class and said” I have been cooking Asian food for 20 years, have lived and travelled widely in Thailand, but the banquet I cooked yesterday for a group of friends was better than anything I’ve done before thanks to the class. Kelly lord commented that the difference was due to the understanding of the ingredients rather than just following quantities from a recipe blindly.
The newly renovated and custom designed premises has been a labour of love and from the roadside you will feel immediately drawn to the place when you spot the 3 tonne Buddha statue sitting outside which was imported from Indonesia. On arrival to any one of the classes customers are greeted into a vibrant and culturally stimulating interior where they immediately begin to feel immersed in the spiritual and Zen like appeal of the Asian culture.
The schedule runs like clockwork with the 4 hour classes starting and finishing on time and evening class participants are greeted with a glass of wine and in most cases something to nibble from the evening menu to keep after-work hunger at bay.
Kelly Lord starts his tuition around a large bench in the reception area so that customers can see, taste and smell whilst he explains and explores the key Asian ingredients and seasoning technique used in the cuisine. Useful fact cards and photographs further explain the techniques or processing of ingredients and add another level of understanding for keen students.
Once into the enormous space provided by the impressive cooking school kitchen, customers are greeted by the sight of an abundance of fresh produce and exciting utensils laid out in waiting. Delicious smells waft from the stove tops where the Chef invariably has some homemade stock bubbling away or has been busy preserving lemons or making delicious side dishes such as green paw paw pickle . On the polished Caesar Stone bench tops, eighteen eye catching chef knives glint enticingly from the eighteen wooden chopping blocks.
Customers soon get busy with their preparation and start to execute those culinary techniques all under the watchful eye and guidance of their expert teacher. The chatter of happy cooks increases as people start to relax and enjoy the momentum of the class and a glass of wine during a quick break also adds to the relaxed and social atmosphere.
For owner Claire Fuller it is hard not to be delighted with things so far and she has already published dates for another 30 classes in the 2009 calendar including new Spanish and Middle Eastern menus with Spice Bazaar owner Patrick Aldred and two school holiday Kids classes lead by ABC Adelaide Radio’s gastronomy personality Chef Allie Reynolds. Popular local Chef Ali Seedsman has several very exciting classes scheduled at the school starting on Jan 28th with a Gourmet Asian Seafood class and a Spanish Tapas Class on 11th Feb while Vietnamese chef Trung Van Tran joins the chef list on 11th Jan straight from his recent travels in cultural Vietnam. Australia’s vegetarian guru and internationally known Kurma Dasa is also back at the school on January 24th/25th for two more of his Indian Vegetarian classes.
I’m still looking for more chefs and more class ideas says Claire and because of the strong social aspect to the classes we have been asked to think about a ‘weekender’ class format which would allow participants to share 2 classes together as an opportunity to extend their time with new friends. It’s something for me to work on certainly.”
Despite the temptation to focus on the new year, 2008  has exciting things still to come with Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant’s TV series The Cook and the Chef  lining up to film Kurma Dasa’s Classics from the Subcontinent class at the school on Dec 13th and Kelly Lord returning in December for yet more inspiring Thai classes.  Japanese chef Yukiko Anshutz from the famed Shiki restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Hotel kicks off her Quick and Healthy classes on Dec 28 and Japanese sushi is on the menu on Jan 7th.
2009 will see the school broadcast on the Cook at the Chef on March 4th and the Discover TV series are likely to take an interest after being tipped off by a happy customer but all this fame won’t stop Claire from avoiding the camera and staying focused on the customers, the chefs and the food!
With such great opening success there’s bound to be many delighted food lovers this Christmas who find a Sticky Rice Cooking School Voucher in their stocking!