Did you know that Father’s Day is on this Sunday 2nd of September? How do you usually celebrate? Do you spoil him with a delicious breakfast in bed? Do you go for a nice picnic and enjoy the first days of spring as a family or do you send the kids off to grandma’s and treat him to a romantic candlelit dinner for two?

While there is no doubt being cooked for is lovely, we’ve seen plenty of men who love to roll up their sleeves and get busy in the kitchen. The inspiration boards that follow should give you lots of ideas, either to spoil him or to encourage him to explore his own culinary voice.

Oh, and we’ve skipped the whole barbecue thing because the men we know can do so much more than flip snags!


This is for the chef who isn’t so much into cooking as expertly composing a selection of delicious ingredients. In this case, it’s about creating a visual feast on a platter: A beautiful selection of cheeses, syrupy fruit, grapes, olives, bread and a drizzle of caramelised balsamic vinegar arranged on a single wooden board. Served with a chilled red or a crisp white wine, nothing says summer like the palette of a cheese and wine artist.

  1. Udder Delights goat cheese
  2. TEI white truffle oil
  3. Cheese Making, Ricki Carroll
  4. Riedel red wine tumblers + decanter set
  5. Tar 10 sticky fig for cheese
  6. Bacco’s leaves sea salt
  7. Making wines, liqueurs and cordials, Beshlie Grimes
  8. Camembert Le Rustique, imported from France
  9. Marinated baby figs
  10. Taste Wooden Cheese board
  11. Laguiole cheese set
  12. Making wines, liqueurs and cordials, Beshlie Grimes
  13. Caramelised balsamic vinegar
  14. The Australian Wine Companion, James Haliday
  15. Skybar Wine chill drop

Upcoming cooking classes: Cheese Making with Mad Millie (check cooking class schedule for details)


“Bon Vivant” translates literally as “well alive” or someone who “lives well”. In English, this might mean being gregarious and fun loving, especially around the table and in good company! Slow cooked meals, succulent meat, herb and garlic butter snails (for the adventurous), crispy potatoes cooked in duck fat, a dollop of strong Dijon mustard, the rich earthy flavor of mushrooms: no one does Good Living like the French!

  1. Le Creuset cast iron cookware range
  2. Large snail shells
  3. French food safari with Maeve O’Meara and Guillaume Brahimi
  4. Laguiole dinnerware set
  5. Herbes de Provence
  6. Duchef snails in brine
  7. TEI dried funghi (trompette des Maures)
  8. Delouis fils Dijon mustard
  9. Copper casserole dish
  10. Valette duck liver mousse
  11. Le Creuset cast iron cookware range
  12. French food safari with Maeve O’Meara and Guillaume Brahimi
  13. French food safari with Maeve O’Meara and Guillaume Brahimi
  14. TEI dried funghi (Bolet jaune)
  15. TEI duck fat

Check our cooking class schedule for French themed classes.


There are few things more satisfying than cooking with spices: the colors, the aromas filling the whole house, the warmth and vibrant flavors. There are so many cuisines which use spices incredibly well: Indian, South-East Asian and a great favourite of mine: Moroccan. The combination of rich spice mixed with succulent meat and stewed fruit: so satisfying, rich and generous – this could well be the gilded archway to your man’s heart.

  1. Graupera ceramic cookware range
  2. Cortas pearl couscous
  3. Pariya wild figs
  4. Modern Flavours of Arabia, Suzanne Husseini
  5. Pariya slivered pistacchios
  6. Herbie’s spices range (Super Raz-El-Hanout)
  7. T2 Marrakech blend
  8. Le Creuset Tajine dish
  9. Modern Flavours of Arabia, Suzanne Husseini
  10. Spices, Sophie Grigson
  11. Rose water
  12. TEI preserved lemons
  13. Herbie’s spices range (Berbere)
  14. Graupera ceramic cookware range
  15. Spices, Sophie Grigson

Upcoming cooking classes: Indian Bread Basket with Promila Gupta (check cooking class schedule for details)


I love a man who can make dessert and the art of pastry suits those who can follow a recipe to a T. Patience and precision go hand in hand with pastry and it can be tricky to get right but having the right tools on hand will take most of the trouble away and of course, if you’re after the tart without the effort, there is always Careme!

  1. PS Desserts, Philippa Sibley
  2. TEI Lindt Dark Bittersweet Chocolate
  3. Marble board
  4. Tart tins
  5. Wooden rolling pin
  6. Sweet Paris, Michael Paul
  7. Fresh As freeze dried rhubarb powder
  8. PS Desserts, Philippa Sibley
  9. Careme shortcrust Pastry
  10. Sweet Paris, Michael Paul
  11. TEI Almond oil (great for greasing cake tins and infusing a light almond flavor)
  12. Fresh As freeze dried mango powder

Check our cooking class schedule for our popular pastry classes.