IN MANY ways, cooking has become a lost art.
The zeal for good, home-cooked meals has been replaced with packet, pre-made and microwave meals from the freezer.
Retailers have made it too easy for us to disregard the recipe book because it is simply too hard - and our tastebuds are truly suffering.
Well, it is time to dust off the apron and stock the fridge with fresh produce because Sunshine Coast cooking schools are set to change those lazy habits.
A wide variety of classes is on offer this holiday season and throughout the year for those wanting to brush up on their skills or even learn something new.
Make it your New Year's resolution and surprise your family with delicious, nutritious gourmet meals cooked from your own kitchen.
Here is just a taste of some of the classes on offer this summer.
Freestyle Escape Cooking School can be found in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland and offers a variety of classes for the beginner to experienced cook in a scenic outdoor kitchen.
Classes will be held throughout February, starting with a grain- and gluten-free class with Tania Hubbard on February 18.
Others include a cooking class with Martin Boetz from Longrain in Melbourne and Sydney and an Italian cooking class with Dom Rizzo.
For further information on Freestyle Escape Cooking School's classes, visit to www.freestyleescape.com.au/classes/ or phone 3262 3077.
Life's a Feast
Life's a Feast offers hands-on cooking classes using fresh, Sunshine Coast produce at its cooking school at Noosaville.
Classes run for about four hours and include a full sit-down meal, wine tastings and a take-home folder with recipes and class notes.
Some of the classes on offer at Life's a Feast this summer include a gourmet Aussie barbecue, a celebrate the summer series, a pasta-making and Italian sauces class and cocktail food.
Life's a Feast also offers private and customised classes by arrangement.
For further information, visit www.lifesafeast.com.au, or phone 0438 469 692.
Spirit House in Yandina has world-renowned cooking classes throughout the summer holidays, featuring fresh and contemporary recipes.
Many of the Spirit House's summer classes are already booked out so get in quick to secure a spot.
For further information, go to www.spirithouse.com.au or call 5446 8977.
The Buderim Ginger Cooking School hosts hands-on cooking classes in a purpose-built kitchen for any budding chef.
The school is not offering classes in January but to find out about classes offered later in year, visit www.buderimgingercookingschool.com.au or phone 5446 7100.
The Long Apron
Spicers Clovelly Estate has cooking classes two Saturdays a month with renowned chef Cameron Matthews.
The Long Apron Cooking Schools offers both French and Italian cooking classes, where Cameron uses his 17 years' culinary experience to teach those wishing to learn how to create some of his best dishes.
The French cooking class will be held on January 7, and the Italian class will be on January 21.
Long Apron Cooking School classes are $165 per person.
To book, call 1300 252 380 or email email@example.com.
The Sacred Chef
The Sacred Chef cooking school in Maleny gives students a culinary cooking experience with renowned chef Sudha Hamilton.
With more than 30 years' experience in the industry, students get to cook it up with the best, as well as take home some of Sudha's recipes.
For information or to book a class, visit www.sacredchef.com.au or phone 5499 9280.
Buderim-based Jan@home is a home-style cooking class.
Students can enjoy the relaxed surroundings of Jan's home while learning the best culinary skills she has to offer.
Only the freshest produce is used during the classes, which start at 10am and finished at 2pm, with a cost of $148.
For further information or to book a group class, visit the website at www.janathome.com.au or phone 0414 593 515.
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