I offer fun and affordable cooking classes and photography and styling workshops and weekend cooking retreats in my kitchen studio at Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets in Taranna. I can also adapt my workshops to teach in other venues and schools so please get in contact to discuss with me. I am a trade qualified chef with over 20 years experience in commercial kitchens and I love sharing my professional skills and passion for wholesome, local, seasonal food. It is nice to hear past attendees of workshops I have cooked for would come back just for the food!!!  Private groups welcome if you have 8 or more people on the day of your choice, we have 4 luxury chalets on site so we also can create a weekend cooking retreat! If you have a few people interested on a day not listed please contact me and I might be able to list one. Our cooking retreats and classes are also suitable for corporate team building, workshops and meetings and I can recommend a variety of optional inclusions and create a bespoke retreat that suits your business.



2019 Workshops calendar- please click through to my store to book your spot!

November:Friday  1st Tasman Peninsula cooking experience
Friday 29th Seafood cooking


January- Friday 17th Tasman Peninsula Cooking Experience
February -Saturday 15th Seafood Cooking
March-Friday 13th Tasman Peninsula Cooking Experience
April-Friday 24th Seafood Cooking
May- Friday 15th- Seafood Cooking

Seafood Cooking Retreat 8th-10th May
Baking Retreat 3rd-5th  July



Tasman Peninsula Seasonal Cooking Experience

$145 for the class 10AM-2.30 PM
includes a copy of award winning The Tasmania Pantry cookbook valued at $35 and a beautiful lunch of what we have cooked with local wines.

Join me to cook the best of the seasons produce from the Tasman Peninsula. Using a variety of cooking techniques to learn new skills for the home kitchen we will cook a seasonal lunch. The Tasman peninsula produces Quail, wallaby, venison, rabbit, beef, lamb, goat, rabbit, salmon, oysters, mussels, crayfish, abalone, parrot fish, trevally, trevalla, octopus, chicken, goats, cheese, olive oil,  milk and pretty much every fruit and veggie you can think of! I will collect what I can from my own garden and what my husband Brendan, a commercial fisherman, has caught and collect all the other ingredients that are the best and freshest in season locally.

Event and party planning

$125 for the class 10AM-12PM, please stay on until 2.30PM for lunch
includes a copy of award winning The Tasmania Pantry cookbook valued at $35

I love planning a party, I think I get more enjoyment form my children parties then they do! I have 25 years of hospitality and catering experience at this workshop I will show you how to plan a fun and stress-free event or party. We will discuss:

*menu creation, when to shop, what to prep and how to serve
*how much food to prepare for different events and how to calculate what you need to buy and prepare so you have enough without wastage
*drinks to provide
*invitations and when to send invitations
*menu creation and how to serve
*table setting
*I will teach you how cook a stress free delicious seasonal and local 3 course “dinner party style” lunch

Bread Baking

$125 for the class 10AM-2.30 PM
includes a copy of award winning The Tasmania Pantry cookbook valued at $35 and a beautiful seasonal shared lunch with local wines.

Join me to bake some delicious bread!
We will discuss all types of bread baking in a domestic situation and how to bake the best breads you can for your family. we will make:
beautiful baguettes to accompany a meal.
Fruit bread
scrolls, easy to bake and freeze for the easiest packed lunches.
Home-made Pizza
We will discuss sour dough baking and how I bake it at home.  I will have some sourdough on the go at the different stages, but sourdough can not be made in this 2 hour class.

Seafood Cooking

$145 for the class 10AM-2.30 PM
includes a copy of award winning The Tasmania Pantry cookbook valued at $35 and a beautiful seasonal local lunch.

Join me  to learn about cooking seafood. We will Prepare and cook beautiful Tasmanian Seafood such as mussels, oysters, octopus and fish into delicious dishes for weeknight meals and special occasions, and discuss all sorts of ways to cook seafood. We will prepare hand made pasta and prepare one of my most popular dishes from The Mussel Boys restaurant days and now popular in Seafood Everyday and popular in home kitchens: Mussels with fettuccine, capers, cream and prosciutto. You are welcome to stay for lunch after the class. Limited spots small groups maximum 8

Game cooking

$145 for the class 10AM-2.30 PM
includes a copy of award winning The Tasmania Pantry cookbook valued at $35 and a beautiful seasonal local lunch.

I will teach you how to prepare and cook games meats, depending on what is freshest and best sourced locally at the time, such as Quail, Wallaby, Rabbit, Venison and goat and discuss all ways to cook Game meats in weekday meals and special occasion dinners.

Phone photography and food styling

$125 for the class 10AM-2.30PM
includes a copy of award winning The Tasmania Pantry cookbook valued at $35 and a beautiful seasonal local lunch

This workshop is suitable for the BUSY food business manager, chef or employee from a cafe, bar, pub, restaurant, hotel, food manufacturing or foodies and fitness food bloggers, who want to make big improvements on their food photos for social media, RIGHT NOW.  Suitable for those who want to improve their social media content on the go, but are not quite ready, or not quite sure if they need to, take that big leap up into purchasing all the expensive camera and editing gear and then commit the time to actually learn how to use it all correctly. This workshop will cover:
*sourcing props and background
*food styling
*prop styling
*editing on your phone
*photography with your phone- bring your DSLR along too if you have one, I am sure you will still learn plenty here!!

I will cook a feast of local seasonal food to photograph (and eat and enjoy) and there will be plenty of time to practise!

please click through to my so my store to book your spot!

*once booked you can transfer your spot to someone else please email me the details. Refunds will not be given for cancellations.

Baking Retreat 3rd-5th  July 

Baking Retreat- including yeast breads, Sourdough and croissants

Join Eloise for a weekend of Baking at Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets with a small group.
Retreat includes
2 nights in a luxury spa chalet
2 dinners
1 lunch
2 breakfasts
drinks, wine, beer and soft drinks and tea and coffee
over 10 hours of teaching including hands on practise
recipes to take home
Retreat Plan
2 PM Arrive in your chalet anytime after 2PM and settle in
5.30 PM welcome drinks and introductions in the Event House
6.30 PM Dinner
7.30 PM- 9 PM Workshop all about sourdough starter and we will prepare leaven for our sourdough
8 am – 11 am Workshop- weigh and kneading our sourdough and folding to prepare to leave and rise. Start croissant dough and other yeast doughs and have breakfast.
1PM  lunch
2-4 PM Workshop preparing our doughs to bake
6 PM bread baking
7PM  Dinner
Shape and prove croissants and bake
9.30 breakfast
10am retreat finishes.


Ellie Emmett organise, hosted and catered for a food styling and photography workshop I attended a few years ago, and did an outstanding job,

Being a highly experienced chef with many years of experience under her belt, she is also a passionate exponent of the paddock to plate lifestyle which is made simple and is so logical when you consider that she lives on the Tasman Peninsula where she makes full use of some of Tasmania’s top produce which is grown there and she has a fisherman for a husband who provides her with the freshest of ingredients direct from the sea.

We had a vegan amongst our group, which was not a problem at all for Ellie. The tomato roasted with thyme, white bean and polenta tart we lunched on was stunning, as was the freshly baked bread (for mopping up those delicious juices), the perfectly cooked octopus, Greek style salad and roast baby carrot and pumpkin salad

It’s a cliché to say it, but I’d do a similar course just for the food… if Ellie was cooking!”

Helen Ellis, Hobart Hospitality Extraordinaire and Food Reviewer, Rita’s Bite 

Ellie’s food is exquisite and well excecuted-octopus to die for-and she makes a mean G&T too!

Sarah Carless, Workshop participent 2015

Why not spend the weekend on the stunning Tasman Peninsula and continue to enjoy our fabulous area and produce book into one of our luxury spa chalets!