Beverley Sutherland Smith Cooking School




Comments that I hear frequently at the Seasonal Kitchen is how much everyone still loves food as they become a little older but how little energy and inspiration they can find to cook for themselves, or sadly even more important, cook for friends.    I am not talking about the old-fashioned dinner party that became a nightmare in the 70’s and 80’s  but the kind of food that I truly love,  easy to prepare, not too many ingredients and so delicious you can invite family or friends to share a meal in a very relaxed manner.  Based on the market and the seasons, this is what I call “real food”. English food writer Nigel Slater sums up “real food” as “it must be crisp, voluptuous, deeply savoury and hot.  It must be quick to make, not extravagant ……it must smell warm and friendly, can be slightly messy to eat and must look handmade.”

So for the latter part of this year, I will present some real food meals, the kind to share from platters at the table,  demonstration followed by lunch or dinner with a glass of wine.  Lots of ability with these dishes to make a day beforehand and reheat.   There will be a slight change of venue with some held at my Mathoura Road home where the dining room blends easily into the tiny but very workable kitchen.

As the classes on real food are smaller in the range of dishes demonstrated, the price is less than our usual longer lesson.  Including dinner or lunch, plus wine, cost is $85 per head.




Parking in Mathoura Road is limited.  However, the unit is just a few doors from Toorak Road and if you go down Grange road, past Woolworths, there is an upstairs car park.  The first 2 hours are free, then there is a nominal small fee.  You can then cross at the lights at Toorak Road and in just a few minutes, you will be at Mathoura Road.

Address details  for Mathoura Road, Toorak classes will be given at the time of booking.

PAYMENT – CASH ONLY for the classes at Mathoura Rd,  Toorak. 

CHEQUE, CASH, DIRECT DEPOSIT or CREDIT CARD for classes at The Seasonal Kitchen.  


Forthcoming Events and Classes:​


“RUSTIC CHICKEN DINNER” - Tue 15th Oct & Wed 16th Oct

The rustic Chicken dinner, a one dish meal with the most delicious vegetables and sauce followed by little almond cakes and hot berry salad.

Tuesday, 15 October  6.45pm at The Seasonal Kitchen
Wednesday, 16 October - 11 am at Mathoura Road, Toorak
Cost: $85
Tue 22nd Oct & Wed 23rd Oct

A rustic Vegetable and Lamb dinner with a selection of toppings, followed by a buttermilk dessert and toffee glazed oranges with blueberries.

Tuesday, 22nd October  6.45pm at The Seasonal Kitchen
Wednesday, 23rd October - 11 am at Mathoura Road, Toorak
Cost: $85
Tue 29th Oct & Wed 30th Oct

An aromatic Greek lamb dish, even better when prepared a day in advance and perfect for sharing, followed by a really quick home made strawberry and chocolate honeycomb ice cream

Tuesday, 29th October  6.45pm at The Seasonal Kitchen
Wednesday, 30th October - 11 am at Mathoura Road, Toorak
Cost: $85
Tue 19th Nov, Wed 20th Nov & 3rd Dec

As usual, a dinner fitting for Christmas, a starter, main, side vegetable dishes and of course, dessert.

These classes will be held only at The Seasonal Kitchen.

Tuesday, 19th November - 6.45pm at The Seasonal Kitchen
Wednesday, 20th November - 6.45pm at The Seasonal Kitchen
Tuesday, 3rd December - 10.30am Lunch at The Seasonal Kitchen
Cost: $125
         Email below about cooking school enquiries

Terms & Conditions for Booking Classes:
We can take telephone or email bookings on the enclosed form.  Payment is required in advance before each class
(unless alternate arrangement is made in agreement with us) and is non refundable. 
Should you be unable to attend, you may transfer to another class provided 10 days notice is given.