A little about Culinaire Cooking School

Culinaire Cooking School first opened it’s doors in 2003 with Chef Christiane Philip at the helm  together with her husband John. After many years of honing her skill both in Europe and  Australia. Christiane recognised a need for a cooking school with a hands on approach that taught students the fundamentals of cookery, rather than attending   demonstration classes. A herb and kitchen garden was then planted out to supply the school with fresh produce  for the classes and workshops. and offers a personal approach with only 8 students per class or workshop ensures maximum learning. The cooking school has grown to the well known inspirational and exiting experience it is today... a first class establishment now also  housing a gift shop and conducting  gourmet food tours.



Our classes and workshops encompass a wide range of exciting subjects  for you to choose from. We provide everything during the classes and workshops. Come with a group or alone..  we will make you very welcome.


What's coming up

From time to time we invite guest

chefs, specialty food producers or passionate cooks to demonstrate. Check out our latest guest here



We have three tours available

10 days the Foods of France, 9 days Spices of Kerala South India, 2 days Gourmet Melbourne

 Please click here to read more

or download our discount flyer now

GifT shop & Preserves

Our gift shop is filled with preserves

made right here in our kitchen from our seasonal garden produce. Need a special gift? We have a great selection from all over the world.


Kitchen Garden

Our kitchen garden is planted

out for all seasons come and see

 if we can inspire you...visits are free


Books & recipes

Our latest book is Nazeema’s Kerala  Kitchen.

South Indian Cuisine and is available now.

Coming soon will be ‘My Culinary Journeys’

and  ‘Provedores of East Gippsland’


Cooking Classes

Our classes and workshops encompass a wide range of exciting subjects  for you to choose from. We provide everything during the classes

and workshops. Come with a group or alone.. .we will make you very welcome.


 CHibatta Bread

Welcome coffee, snack, apron
and all equipment is provided



Handmade Pasta & Sauces

Welcome coffee, lunch, apron
and all equipment is provided



Pork & Smallgoods

Welcome coffee, lunch, apron
and all equipment is provided



Have you ever wanted to make your own bacon, salami, sausages, ham and proscuito. Come and join our qualified butcher on how to prepare a piglet for the table, this all hands on class,will teach you how to identify and prepare the cuts for smoking and curing. This is a great way to getting back to the basics and knowing what is in your food. you will take home the products you have prepared. Each course is restricted to 8 participants for maximum learning - so hurry and book for this great class.

1 Day Class     10am to 3pm

This workshop is for those who would to bake fresh bread at home with no need for a special bread oven. We teach you all about the right ingredients, how to make white and rye starters, how to make a sponge for ciabatta bread. shaping and proving your loaves and then baking your bread to take home. recipes are also provided. We bake with organic flour making it taste like bread should.

1 Day Class     10am to 2pm

Pasta is such a versatile and nutritious food, made in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes accompanied by an equally amazing array of sauces. Once you have tasted hand made pasta you will be hooked. You will be able to take home all your pasta for dinner. This is a great class for groups.


1 Day Class     10am to 3pm

Kerala south india Cuisine

Welcome coffee, lunch, apron
and all equipment is provided



Paella and Risotto

Welcome coffee, snack, apron
and all equipment is provided



Basics for Blokes

2 day class

Welcome coffee, lunch, apron
and all equipment is provided



This cuisine uses spices that are not hot in a way but with a simple and tasty flavour. There are fish, chicken, lamb and duck masalas and mole, fresh vegetables and herbs are used in abundance and all are GLUTEN FREE.  With salads on offer and spicy pickles together with lots of yoghurt based accompaniments, you will definitely enjoy this class.

5 Hours workshop     10am to 3pm

Lets face it, rice is very good for our diet especially when we can make such delicious dishes as paella and risotto. Both ways of cooking these rice dishes are very simple when you understand the cooking method and of course using the correct rice grains for the dish. There are endless combinations, great for entertaining!

4 Hours workshop      10am to 2pm

Yes there is an art to boiling water. Just as there is an art to poaching, grilling, baking and all other methods of cookery. This intensive 2 day course will touch on all the fundamentals of cookery. Stocks, soups, sauces, fish cookery, meat, poultry,vegetables, salads, baking and much more.

2 Day Class     10am to 3pm

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Our garden and shop

Come for a herb garden ramble - its free with so many different herbs plants, perhaps we can inspire you to plant your own garden or maybe just a big pot of fresh herbs. We enjoy the seasonal produce our garden supplies and are happy to share our knowledge with you. Herbs and fresh vegetables from the garden are far superior than two day old commercial produce and it only takes a small space  to grow and not much effort once you have the know how. Come for a wander. With so many chain stores offering the same merchandise, looking for that something special is becoming increasingly harder.

At our Culinaire Gift Shop we have sourced great gifts and home wares from Australian, Swedish, French, Belgium, and Italian designers. You will be pleasantly surprised by the value for money we offer.If you are looking for something small to give, perhaps one of our many preserves will suit, grown right here in our garden and hand made in our kitchen. without preservative. Yes, of course, we have gift voucher available for classes and gift shop.

Our gift shop...full to the brim with goodies

What's happening

With several tours to India under our belt, we have it down to a fine art and understand the province like no other tour company. With our excellent drivers, experience of the cuisine, knowledge of spice farms and the best Indian cooking schools, you'll be spicing up your life before you know it. Then there's our guest chefs's at Culinaire from time to time and finally last but not least, markets and more...check them out below.

Markets and more

Nazemas Kerala Kitchen wins 2 National awards and 1 world book awards in China

National winner   for– best Cooking school Cookbook

National winner   for - best Indian Cuisine Cookbook

Best in the world winner for – Indian Cuisine Cookbook


 National Winner:

Best Indian Cuisine
Cook Book 2017


 National Winner:

Best Cooking School
Cook Book 2017


  • The books have first to qualify in the National competition, with the results announced in December
  • The winner is the product, and the whole team is welcome at the Awards
  • They represent their country in the "Best in the World" competition, which are proclaimed the following year.


This Competition is the Oscars of the book world  and was created by the Edouard Cointreau  of the  French liqueur family. 
This world  wide competition  attracts some 10,000 book from all around the world.


We have three tours available

10 days the foods of France

9 days Spices of Kerala South India

2 days Gourmet Melbourne

 Please click here to read more


Kerala Calling and more

Each weekend at our markets around East Gippsland John can be found with a lovely selection of our jams and preserves. make sure you say hi and check out our latest offerings. He is sure to have something new to show you. Visit  Howitt Park, Bairnsdale, Metung Farmers Market and Lakes Entrance Foreshore Market or please ring Culinaire for more info.

Contact info

find us

If you would like further information please don't hesitate to contact us at the address here. We value your feedback and look forward to hearing from you soon.

(03) 5156 4091

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Culinaire Cooking School
51 Cunningham Court,  Swan Reach 3903 Victoria