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Austria is in the heart of Europe. With the Danube its major highway flowing through Vienna Austria was always a melting pot of cultures and a centre for commerce and politics. With such diversity came an immense variety in foods, the Austrian Hungarian Empire was vast and had a massive influence on the cuisine.
Yvonne would like to bring a little bit of history, amazing flavours, and fun to these classes. Learn how to make things from scratch and share in the passion.
Previous cooking experience not necessary, catering for all levels.
It might not sound like it, but both main dishes are amazing! Just writing about it makes my mouth water. I can remember the smell filling the whole house. My sister and I would play a game coming home from school, “what’s for lunch” , who guessed right was the winner!
Apfelstrudel an old classic – learn how to make the pastry from scratch – it’s lots of fun!
Bring your kids along to this one!
Please wear long pants, closed shoes, short or long sleeved shirt/T-shirt.
Please bring an apron and three or more takeaway containers
Growing up in a small country village in Austria (about the size of Woodend – or a bit smaller), I was fortunate to learn from my parents as they were preserving food and cooking from scratch. It was a field to table approach we were growing our own vegetables and fruit.
My father was a qualified butcher, although he was not working as a butcher by the time I was born he would often bring home half a pig and my sister and I would help with carving it up, bagging and freezing the meat. Family friends were huntsmen who were regulating dear, rabbit and wild pig numbers in the forests. My father was often asked to help with the butchering and we got to experience community working together, sharing and feasting together.
In Austria there are lots of traditions around food. It brings people together.
My love and passion for food was further nurtured at one of the leading hospitality colleges in Vienna.
After graduating I spent some time in Switzerland and came to Australia about twelve years ago.
By living in different places I had the pleasure of experiencing numerous customs and collect a diverse range of skills.
Food does not just nourish us; it connects us, brings the community together and inspires passion!
Today I live on a little farm about 30 minutes from Woodend where I aspire to grow ethical food and get back to basics. Some of you might have met me previously at Holgates where I worked until July this year.