Cooking classes have come a long way since the AT team learnt to bake scones in our high school home economics classes. Post-Masterchef it seems everyone knows how to create even the most complicated dishes – crocquembouche, anyone?

But for those of us who can still use a little help, gourmet travel offers a brilliant way to leave home a kitchen klutz and sneakily return a culinary champ.

The Agrarian Kitchen hosts speciality farm-food classes throughout the year, using produce from its heirloom vegetable garden. Its March and April classes include Pastry 101, Tomato Gluttony, Mutton Dressed as Lamb and The Whole Hog. $285 per person.
Companion Bakery holds introductory classes on how to cook sourdough bread, using flour produced by Australia’s oldest restored working mill. $275 per person ($545 for the advanced class).
Red Feather Inn hosts classes by rare-breed pig farmer Lee Christmas. Learn how to smoke, cure and cook pork as well as fish and forage for your own ingredients. $195 per person.
Wursthaus Kitchen in Salamanca Place, Hobart, reopens its monthly kitchen cookery school in early March. Go to its website for price details.
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