Hinton Bay Kitchen ignites cooking school passion

Passionate: Jane Bissett, formerly of River's Edge Cafe at Longford, has started her own cooking school at her husband's winery at Hillwood. Picture: supplied.

Passionate: Jane Bissett, formerly of River's Edge Cafe at Longford, has started her own cooking school at her husband's winery at Hillwood. Picture: supplied.

Ever thought about learning how to cook, while surrounded by the views of the Tamar River? 

Hinton Bay Kitchen fulfills that dream. 

Located at Hillwood the owner has started a cooking school in the heart of the Tamar Valley at her husband’s vineyard. 

Jane Bissett, formerly of River’s Edge Cafe at Longford, is continuing her love of food, wine and cooking in her new kitchen.

“It’s all about fun, food and friendship,” Mrs Bissett said. 

She said the kitchen idea stemmed from wanting to pass on her secrets and to keep in contact with the friends she made during her 10 years at The River’s Edge.

“When I sold The River’s Edge and came to Hinton Bay, it was a big project of actually making sure I had a great kitchen for the cooking school and a dining room, that was also in our own home,” she said. 

“There was a lot of renovating, building and extending. It took at little bit longer than we thought because we laid the tiles, did the painting and the render – all that sort of stuff.”

Now in its third month, the school caters for a range of abilities. 

“No experience necessary. There is nothing intimidating about the classes,” she said. 

A number of classes are offered, ranging from two to three hour-long courses to all day classes. 

“Some classes will cover basic skills of cooking and analysing flavours, coupled with an interesting history of food,” she said.

“Other guests may simply want to sit back with a glass of wine and watch the preparations, followed by lunch.”

Mrs Bissett said her teaching specialty is a an Italian twist on Tasmanian Fare, but also a lot of lamb and seafood. 

“I get the best fish you can get. It’s all local, the boat goes out at midnight and comes back at 5am. I’m there at 8am buying squid. You can’t get better than that,” she said. 

“I think I’m doing something different. It’s in my private home, it’s intimate and the views are unbelievable.”

Classes start from $120 and range to about $200.

For more information, visit www.hintonbaykitchen.com.au or the kitchen’s Facebook page. 

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