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Welcome

Scenic Rim Cooking Classes Cooking School and Accommodation offer both private classes (your kitchen or ours) and regular public classes.

Each class is hands-on and centres around the preparation of a complete meal and culminates in a full sit-down lunch/dinner with complimentary local beverages. On arrival complimentary tea, coffee, juices and snack are available whilst we all get to know each other.

Based in Boonah in the heart of Scenic Rim, our cooking classes take place in the kitchen of Hammermeister House, an historic Queenslander set in beautiful gardens and with stunning views of the border ranges.

Food and eating is a joyous experience.
At Scenic Rim Cooking Classes, we create food to live for.

Upcoming Classes

Our classes, recipes and menu’s will give you the confidence you need to create a dinner party to ‘wow’ your guests. We cover a wide range of world cuisines and showcase local and seasonal produce wherever possible.

Please note: we are unable to make separate meals to cater for specific allergies and intolerances.

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Food and eating should be a joyous experience and my aim is to create ‘food to live for’.

Let me ignite your passion for food, cooking and entertaining.

Caz Osborne - Owner

The Scenic Rim’s food scene has changed dramatically over the last 10 years with clever artisan producers creating cheeses, smallgoods, dairy, beef, pork, veal, lamb, camel product, vegetables, wines, beer, gin and so much more. This makes it even easier to be a chef and cooking class owner in the heart of the Scenic Rim, Boonah and Mount Alford.

Along with her husband Stephen, they purchased 40 acres in Mount Alford in 2008 and started a small hobby farm establishing an olive grove, fruit orchard, vegetable gardens and a small herd of Dexter cattle.
Caz began her journey in the Scenic Rim by using this produce when she purchased a small café in Boonah in 2011 and renaming it Harry’s Café & Restaurant after her much love Moodle, Harry. Café by day and once a month opening for international dinners and tapas on Friday nights.
Having been inspired by the local artisan producers, Caz closed the café & restaurant and has gradually become part of the Scenic Rim’s progressive food scene, culminating in her now running the only innovative cooking class in the Scenic Rim. Establishing the business in 2018, the opportunity to showcase local produce in the classes is a highlight. Caz mentions “the produce out here in the Scenic Rim makes not only my job easier, but makes me look damn good in the kitchen”.

Caz grew up in the Sunny Queensland Southeast and has lived in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Extensive travels across the globe are what she attributes to her early curiosity and later passion for the many cuisines she teaches in her classes. Recent times have seen Caz undertake private chef work for events and special one-off occasions.

Caz gets great pleasure from hosting private cooking classes in her kitchens or yours and says “I sometimes feel I learn as much as do my guests. I know I love the laughs and creations on the day”. With a focus on cooking and eating sustainably sourced foods from both land and sea, cooking classes are held in the kitchens of her homes in Boonah and Mount Alford, or the clients preferred venue, where she creates a casual and fun atmosphere. Caz has a keen interest in Australian Indigenous foods and how they play a part in sustaining us both culinary and our lands. Her passion is inspiring others to cook with creativity and showing people that healthy food can be delicious.

When not cooking, photographing, eating or talking about food, Caz enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, or making a good walk worthwhile by playing golf. She also has committed to getting back in the saddle on her two horses Bella and Molly in 2022.

Accommodation

Based in Boonah in the heart of Scenic Rim, our cooking classes take place in the kitchen of Hammermeister House, an historic Queenslander set in beautiful gardens and with stunning views of the border ranges.

Centrally located in Boonah and a short walk to pubs, cafés, shops and churches. Hammermeister House is a short 12 minute drive to Kooroomba Vineyard and only 20 minutes to White Chapel Black Hall.

Offering accommodation for up to 6 guests in three bedrooms, two with direct access to the wrap-around verandahs. There is also space for a small van on site and room to park boats.

Enjoy sunset drinks and meals prepared in the commercial grade kitchen, or take in the views as you cook on the deck using provided barbeque facilities. Collect eggs from the chickens and pick fresh herbs, tomatoes and other goodies from the garden for your breakfast.

Want a break from the kitchen? Have Caz from Scenic Rim Cooking Classes indulge you and your guests with stunning meals using local Scenic Rim produce.

The property is fully-fenced, furry friends are welcomed, features screens on all windows, airconditioning and a cosy fireplace. The verandahs and gardens make an excellent backdrop for wedding photoshoots.

Aerial View Hammermeister House Boonah

All our guests receive a special promo code to get 15% off Farm Tours at Summer Land Camels near Harrisville.

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We absolutely loved our stay! Lovely home with some really nice personal touches. Nicely decorated. The photos don’t do this place justice. Would highly recommend for a little country getaway! We had a very comfortable stay with a fireplace well stocked and ready to go and the kitchen very well equipped for some serious cooking. Great value.

– Jacyln –

Great property in a lovely country town. This place has great old-time charm with some modern touches... plus the advantages of a large secure garden/yard. A fantastic view over Dugandan, Bunjurgen and Mount Alfred, with Mount Barney away in the distance.

– Christine –

What a beautiful place to stay!! The house was so full of light with a verandas on every side and has a fantastic garden (home to some lovely fairy wrens and a fire pit) which all gave plenty of spots inside and out to enjoy a relaxing couple of days. Though we packed some serious winter woollies in case we were cold at night or early in the morning we didn’t need any of them. The fireplace was enough to warm the entire house at night and the reverse cycle AC took the chill off in the mornings.The house has a great bath for two that was a great way to soothe tired bodies before relaxing in front of the fire for a quiet night in. Caz our host was great to deal with and very accommodating and the ‘girls’ gave us fresh eggs for our breakfast every day. We can’t wait to visit again and see what else we can find to explore around the local area. Definitely 5 stars from us.

– Jennifer & Gordy –

Weddings

Hammermeister House is a beautifully restored Queenslander with wrap around verandahs providing guests with magnificent mountain views down to the New South Wales border ranges.

Situated on a third of an acre, the gardens – including old out-buildings – provide a charming backdrop for wedding photos.

The main bedroom is large with a full-size mirror especially made for you to see yourself in all your splendour on your wedding day.

Caz offers all meals, platters, and refreshments on the day to ensure everyone is well fed and satisfied.

With plenty of off-street parking, your bridal entourage will have space to relax and move about the house and gardens.

To appreciate what Hammermeister House and Caz can offer for your special day, we recommend you make a date to come and visit us.

 

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