Culinaire Cooking School

a cooking school in beautiful swan reach, victoria

21 Years

Culinaire Cooking School first opened its doors in 2003 with Chef Christiane Philip at the helm together with her husband John.

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After many years of honing her skill both in Europe and Australia. Christiane recognised a need for a cooking school with a hands on approach that taught students the fundamentals of cookery, rather than attending demonstration classes. A herb and kitchen garden was then planted out to supply the school with fresh produce for the classes and workshops. and offers a personal approach with only 8 students per class or workshop ensures maximum learning. The cooking school has grown to the well known inspirational and exiting experience it is today... a first class establishment now also housing a gift shop and conducting gourmet food tours.

South Indian Cooking Classes

Together with a sit down lunch with Nazeema (straight from Kerala) and your very own signed copy of Nazeema's Kerala Kitchen. But be quick...places are booking fast

Saturday 22 
Sunday 23
Thursday 4 
Saturday 6
Friday 12 
Sunday 14
Tuesday 16
10am to 4pm

Harvest East Gippsland

A Cookbook by Chef Christiane Philip

Harvest will take you on a journey through the vast region of East Gippsland to discover the dedicated farmer’s grazier’s fishermen and producers of delicious preserved, hand crafted foods, taste award winning wine cider beer and spirits.

Meet the talented chefs, cooks and food lovers who create culinary delights using fresh produce available in the region.

Regional food is less travelled, therefore fresher, tastier and with less food waste.

There are over 100 easy to follow recipes utilising the local produce available from East Gipsland farmer’s markets, farm gates, cellar doors 
and specialty food shops. For a healthy lifestyle eat local produce and support these talented producers.

Harvest will be available all over East Gippsland soon and we thank the people who made it to the Metung Market to get one hot off the press. Enjoy every delicious recipe won’t you?

Our garden and shop

Come for a herb garden ramble – its free with so many different herbs plants, perhaps we can inspire you to plant your own garden or maybe just a big pot of fresh herbs. We enjoy the seasonal produce our garden supplies and are happy to share our knowledge with you. Herbs and fresh vegetables from the garden are far superior than two day old commercial produce and it only takes a small space  to grow and not much effort once you have the know how. Come for a wander. With so many chain stores offering the same merchandise, looking for that something special is becoming increasingly harder.
At our Culinaire Gift Shop we have sourced great gifts and home wares from Australian, Swedish, French, Belgium, and Italian designers. You will be pleasantly surprised by the value for money we offer.If you are looking for something small to give, perhaps one of our many preserves will suit, grown right here in our garden and hand made in our kitchen. without preservative. Yes, of course, we have gift voucher available for classes and gift shop.


Books for Cooks

Nazeema's Kerala Kitchen

Wins 2 National awards
and 1 World Book awards in China
National winner for:
Best Cooking School Cookbook
National winner for:
Best Indian Cuisine Cookbook
Best in the World Winner for:
Indian Cuisine Cookbook

National Winner

Best Indian Cuisine 
Cook Book 2017


You can buy a copy of Nazeema’s Keral Kitchen by clicking on the link below or directly at Culinaire Cooking School.


About the competition

This competition is the Oscars of the book world  and was created by the Edouard Cointreau of the French liqueur family.  
This world-wide competition  attracts some 10,000 book from all around the world.

  • The books have first to qualify in the National competition, with the results announced in December.
  • The winner is the product, and the whole team is welcome at the awards.
  • They represent their country in the “Best in the World” competition, which are proclaimed the following year.

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