Cook School - Join us in our Cook School for interactive lessons and tips
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  • Karangahake Gorge

Our courses have been designed to give you top tips and a whole heap of knowledge that you can take back to your home and practice. Whether you want to improve your cooking skills or get some hot tips and we know you will come away from the day feeling motivated and inspired.

Click the boxes below to find out more details on each course and remember to book in quick as places are limited.


Nothing beats the smell of a freshly baked loaf and its a simple process so why not learn how to make your own sourdough bread at home. Brad will cover the basics of bread making and demystify the process of using a natural leaven. He will share 3 simple bread recipes and provide everyone with a sourdough starter to take home and recreate the magic.


There is no better taste than that of a freshly caught seafood! Here at The Falls Retreat, we operate a ocean to plate philosophy and try to use the freshest of fish on our menus. We also often cure and smoke fish in order to ensure we don’t compromise on quality and flavour and you too can learn how with a few simple tips and tricks. We will cover the basics of cooking fish including curing and smoking and Brad explains the equipment required and shares his recipes for you to recreate at home.


We have been making our own pasta here at The Falls Retreat for years and we have a tried and tested recipe that we will share with you. We will demonstrate and explain the kneading and resting process, show you how to create different types of pasta and cover the different types of tools and equipment required to roll your dough and create your very own pasta. Taste the difference and you will never want to go back to the packet version!


Learn how we utilise excess seasonal produce to create our own range of pickles, chutneys, jams and kimchi. Brad will cover the types of fruit and vegetables that can be preserved, what blends of vinegars and herbs to use when you pickle and his top tips for successful jam making. He will also share his knowledge of fermenting and show you how we make our fabulous kimchi. Fermenting is a simple process but it needs to be done correctly, and in this workshop you will discover how we can manage microbial bacteria to produce highly nutritious food.


Experience our Salad & Dressings masterclass that takes you from the garden to the dinner table no matter what the season. Enjoy a full day workshop including an interactive session in our kitchen veggie gardens and a cooking demo where you will watch and learn how to create a range of salads and dressings with the wow factor using seasonal produce.

Other Workshops & Experiences

A range of interactive workshops led by award winning chef, Brad King and designed to educate and inspire you! Includes our Kombucha Class through to a full day cooking course

Where to Find Us

5 Waitawheta Road,
Karangahake Gorge