Recipes and tips from the highly popular Akaroa Cooking School - plus the stunning scenery of Banks Peninsula.
Lou and Ant Bentley established the Akaroa Cooking School in 2009,
after years of balancing corporate lives with their passion for
food and squeezing in training at Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School
and the New Zealand School of Food and Wine. They wanted to teach
people how to get back to basics - growing their own food where
possible, but certainly knowing where it comes from and how best to
prepare and cook it - while still having fun!
They live with their two children one bay around from Akaroa, and grow all their own herbs, salad greens and veges for the school.
"The morning before each class we always head outside with the baskets and load up on whatever is fresh and ripe at the time. Even in the depths of winter we can still harvest beetroot, parsnips, carrots and lemons, and there is never a shortage of walnuts. The garden also supplies us with fresh flowers and foliage throughout the year to brighten up the cooking school.