Majors Lane Cooking School

Be inspired and broaden your horizons!
Join us for a fun outdoor cooking class on our beautiful vineyard!

1 September 2020 Covid19 Update: We had hoped to have restarted our classes by now, but unfortanately this isn't the case. We hope to recommence our cooking classes later in the year as soon as Covid19 restrictions are lifted. As soon as we are able to operate again, we will. We have temporarily suspended taking bookings until we can announce a recommencement date. 

If you have a gift certificate that is due to expire whilst we our classes are suspended please send us an email so that we can extend the expiry date for you. Gift certificates are still available for purchase, they have a 3 year expiry.

  • A variety of Chef-lead classes are available such as Hands-On Thai Street Food, Hands-On Fresh Healthy Vietnamese, Hands-On Authentic Mexican and a Masterclass/Demonstrative classes in Low and Slow Smoked Brisket or Baby Back Pork Ribs.
  • Classes are hosted by Majors Lane Cooking School and Lovedale Smokehouse’s Owner/Chef/Pitmaster Ben Sales. Ben, a level 4 qualified Chef has hosted our cooking classes since they commenced in 2007. Ben is extremely passionate about food and loves inspiring participants with his in-depth knowledge, skills and travel and food experiences. With over 20 years as a Head Chef in the Hunter Valley (including 14 years in our cafe) Ben knows all of the tricks of the trade and looks forward to sharing them with you. 
  • Individual and group bookings are welcome
  • Private classes at a time that suits you are available with a minimum 6 participants, perfect for bachelor parties, hen parties, birthday parties and corporate team building or conference break out activities. Classes can be held on weekdays, afternoons or nights
  • No experience is necessary, all equipment is supplied
  • Gift certificates are available. Gift certificates have a 3 year expiration period
  • When making a booking, please note that payment or your gift certificate number is required
  • Cancellations within 7 days are non refundable and non transferable to a different date
  • Bookings close 72 hours in advance. For example; for Saturday classes bookings close at 10am on the Wednesday prior. For Sunday classes, bookings close at 10am on the Thursday prior. 
  • Soak up the beautiful vineyard views, learn some great new skills and have a fantastic time with friends

For inquiries please call (02) 49307832
Thursday to Monday 11am-4pm

​Class List

Low and Slow Smoking – Brisket Masterclass
​Our Brisket Masterclass will give you all the knowledge and skills you need to make top grade, mouth-watering beef brisket. Whilst our 12-hour beef brisket smokes in the Traeger smoker in front of you, our Pitmaster Ben will cover topics such as beef selection and preparation, smoking methods, cooking temperatures, cooking times, timber selection, marinades, rubs and bbq sauces.
Once the brisket is ready we will enjoy a meat-sweat inducing lunch with thick cut brisket on local artisan bread, delicious brisket burnt-end beans, charred spiced local sweet corn and slaw with an addictive authentic dressing. Includes Masterclass/Demonstrative style lesson, lunch, a craft beer or glass of local wine, recipes and a take home pack. Allow 3 hours. $155 per person

Low and Slow Smoking – Baby Back Pork Ribs Masterclass
Learn how to cook the most succulent baby back pork ribs! Our owner/Chef/Pitmaster will talk you through different breeds of pig, rib preparation, marinades, rubs, smoking methods, cooking temperatures, cooking times, timber selection, marinades, rubs and bbq sauce whilst our racks of baby back pork ribs smoke in the Traeger in front of you. Enjoy the slow smoked ribs with sides including charred spiced sweet corn, beans, slaw and artisan sourdough for lunch. Includes a Masterclass/Demonstrative style lesson, lunch, a beer or glass of wine, recipes and a take home pack. Allow 3 hours. $155 per person.

Thai Street Food
Your senses will be ignited by the smells, sounds and flavours of Thailand as you learn how to compile a tantalising menu, find and select the best local produce and balance the fundamental flavours of Thai cuisine. Our Chef Ben will teach you how to make curry pastes from scratch, make balanced dipping sauces and use knife and presentation skills to bring your authentic dishes to life. Includes a hands-on lesson, lunch, souvenir apron, recipes and a glass of wine of beer with your meal. Allow 3 hours. $155 per person.
Thai red curry fish cakes: Learn the hidden secrets to this iconic Thai Street food. Make a fresh Thai Red Curry paste from scratch for your fish cakes and a plum dipping sauce. Includes curry paste to take home. 

Chiang Mai Style Pork skewers: Learn a secret Thai marinade for skewers to give them the perfect sticky char. We demonstrate the top tricks involved in fanning over charcoal or wood to give your skewers the smoky street touch and we make an authentic peanut satay sauce. 
Thai Style Omelette:
Get the technique to this vibrant staple and make a beautiful fluffy Thai Style omelette topped with a fresh Thai salad of cucumber, shallots and herbs. Learn how to balance the fundamental flavours of Thai cookery with a lime and fish sauce dressing. 

Khao San Road Fried Rice: Hear the story behind Jasmine rice, learn how to select the best product and how to cook your rice to bring out its uniquely Thai fragrance. Then learn about the seasonings, spices and vegetables used to make Thai style fried rice. 

Coconut Sticky Rice: Find out the principle difference in sticky rice, how to cook it, its many uses accompanied by a uniquely balanced Thai sweet coconut sauce and fresh fruit.

 Fresh Healthy Vietnamese
Join Ben for an informative class on Vietnamese cuisine. Admired for its reliance on fresh herbs and vegetables, complimentary textures and selective use of spices and proteins, Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines worldwide. This class delves into a variety of Vietnamese flavours and cooking techniques. Includes a hands-on lesson, lunch, apron, recipes and a glass of wine of beer with lunch. Allow 3 hours. $155 per person. 

Beef Pho: A lifetime of Vietnamese have passed down the secrets of the broth to generations and now you can have it too. Learn about the spices for the broth, making fresh rice noodles, the right cuts of beef to use and accompaniments it takes to create this wonderful staple. 

Fresh Vietnamese Spring Rolls: Hear the inspiring and self-sufficient story behind hand-made rice paper in the Mekong region. Get the tips on selection and preparation of Vietnamese vegetables and meats, the way to roll and preserve for later and learn two fantastic dipping sauces. 

Hue Style Clay Pot Eggplant and Pork: Get the tips to authentic clay pot cookery and the use of western vegetables in Vietnamese cookery such as eggplant. Learn the spices and sauces used in this classic dish. 

Vietnamese Style Baguette Banh Mi: This French influenced roll is the best lesson in East meets West. Learn the classic recipe of Vietnamese style pâté, selecting and pickling vegetables, secrets of making mayonnaise, and the cold cuts and herbs used.

Authentic Mexican
Discover authentic Mexican cuisine, the wonderful depth of flavour created by the use earthy, savoury ingredients combined with spices, chilli and citrus. Using authentic ingredients learn how to create delicious Mexican dishes from scratch. Warning: no Tacos in sight! Includes a hands-on lesson, lunch, souvenir apron, recipes and a glass of wine of beer with lunch. Allow 3 hours. $155 per person. 

Molé and Salsa Rojas: With its history dating back to the Aztecs the ambiguity of molé, how and when to use it can seem daunting. Learn the different types of molé before making a truly ageless classic, learn how complex the ingredients can be, where to find and how to prepare them. Teamed with a classic Salsa that incorporates jalapeños and fresh tomatoes. 

Handmade Corn Tortillas: Learn the story behind corn and its many uses in Mexican cooking, how to make masa and make your own tortillas. 

Charred Pork Loin with Citrus Marinade: Be inspired by this authentic Mexican citrus marinade for grilled meat, learn how to roast and the best accompaniments and ways to eat it. 

Beef Empanadas: Hear the lasting influence the Spanish had on cooking after the invasion of Mexico. Learn how to chorizo spice meat, make your own refried beans and how to seal the empanada pastry.

Black Beans: Learn the art of cooking beans from dried and how to impart the flavours of Mexico through them. 

All bookings made are subject to our Terms & Conditions

"​Just wanted to thank you for a lovely experience at your cooking class on Saturday. We were there as part of a weekend long celebration for my mum’s 80th birthday and she absolutely loved it...all three of us did. Thankyou for making her feel a bit special, she definitely knows Thailand pretty well and she was most impressed with your knowledge too. Thankyou again for an interesting and fun day.  Hope to come back one day for another one!!! Regards, Louise"