Cooking schools in New Zealand are not your typical academic institutions but are a cooler, funkier reflection of NZ personality. A unique symbiotic relationship between an award-winning winery and a celebrity chef, Peter Blakeway at Mills Reef is where real “foodies” of all ages and gender can learn anything from the basics of cooking, right through to how to produce a gourmet meal at your own dinner parties.


With seating for up to 30 guests in the fabulous surroundings of the Mills Reef wine cellar, the Plenti Cookschool is seriously committed to food and wine education, but always with an element of fun.

All classes, whether day time or evening, begin with Peter demonstrating a selection of dishes under the theme of say French, Thai, Spanish Tapas or Christmas Entertaining followed by generous tastings with a complimentary glass of wine. It is a fun day/night out for friends or come along on your own and make new friends. There is also potential for corporate team-building by getting a group of work colleagues together in a private environment, having fun cooking, eating and drinking!


After the initial 1½ hour cooking demo, guests will move up to the Restaurant for a three course lunch or dinner, based on the themes demonstrated in the class and of course accompanied by Mills Reef’s award winning wines.


There will be guest appearances by celebrity chefs from New Zealand, Australia and around the globe. The nearby Bethlehem Motor Inn can provide accommodation for those coming from outside Tauranga who want to make a gourmet weekend of it.


Classes cost $90 and include a 1½ hour cooking demo, followed by a glass of wine and a 3-course lunch or dinner in the Mills Reef restaurant as well as a copy of all recipes demonstrated.

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