If you're about to sit down to a dinner of baked beans on toast or even a roast dinner and your nostrils pick up on the waft of your neighbour's barbecue, whatever is in front of you on the table often becomes the least appealing option.
All Aussie blokes reckon they've got barbecuing down to a fine art and that includes Jason Dundas but a lesson or two with Bar-Be School will bring accolades from adoring diners.
From the humble snag to seafood, the best cuts of beef, chicken, kebabs, vegetables and even desserts, there's much to learn.
It doesn't matter if you barbecue on an open fire or the latest space-age range, or anything in between, why not improve your skills and become more creative.
The people at Bar-Be School will show you how to get the best out of your kettle barbecue, gas, electric, coal or wood set-up. You will be taught the best ways to treat expensive seafood and cuts of meat as well as how to get the best out of less expensive food. They will show you how to barbecue for a romantic dinner for two, the family, right up to a huge group.
Ben Farley set up Bar-Be School and his philosophy is to learn while you're having fun. Groups sit together, enjoy the creations and sip a wine chosen to match what has been cooked.
After introductions, everyone has a drink, dons an apron and gets the chance to reveal what they would most like to learn about. A chef then demonstrates preparation, cooking and serving, with tips on how long meat should rest after cooking, how often food should be turned, and how to ensure seafood and vegetables aren't overcooked.
Myths and secrets are dispelled and exposed during the demonstration. Then you're given a pair of tongs and the chance to show what you've learnt. The perfect gift for the person who has everything or the person who thinks they know everything about barbecuing!
Locations across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Bar-Be School 2.5-hour classes are $120 or $299 for three parts which include meat, seafood, vegetables, skewers and desserts. Professional chef tutorial, all food, light refreshments, two wine tastings and course notes are included. They run on Saturdays and Sundays all year.
There is a Getaway special of $99 a class or $270 for the three-part course is available for the first 100 callers. Vouchers are available.
Prices correct at November 26, 2009.
For further information
PO Box 104
Milsons Point 1565
Ph: 1300 227 745
Fax: (02) 9698 1517