Under the Pickle Tree’s Cooking School offers intimate classes for up to eight people to learn Vietnamese, Thai and modern Asian cuisine. Located in a beautiful bushland setting in Panton Hill. In the custom-built cooking school Kelly Meredith shares her passion for simple, healthy South-East Asian cuisine. 

Kelly has lived in Thailand and Vietnam and has a successful food label - Under the Pickle Tree. The classes will focus on giving people the skills to create authentic Thai and Vietnamese dishes at home.  There is no fancy equipment – just simple techniques for braising, stir-frying, char-grilling and frying that are easily replicated in a home kitchen. 

A focus of the classes is on Asian salads and healthy dishes so, unlike other cooking schools, the classes omit dessert in favour of extra main courses.

Each class has a specific focus and we use only the freshest seasonal ingredients from Springvale fresh food markets.  For this reason, the menu provided may not always exactly match that offered on the day. 

In the spirit of how people live in Asia – cooking classes involve both individual cooking, working in pairs and working collectively to create a shared meal to remember.  Classes run for about 4–4.5 hours and cost $160 a person.  Shorter Double Happiness Classes consisting of two dishes cost $120.

Every class ends with a feast, a Vietnamese coffee for a starter and your choice of a Thai beer or local red or white wine. Adolescent classes include non-alcoholic spritzer.

Private classes (with a customisable menu) are available on a day of your choice. Minimum group size is 5 people. Corporate team building classes are also available. For further details contact Kelly on 0418 534 511 or email kelly@underthepickletree.com.au. On Extreme and Code Red Fire Danger Days classes will be rescheduled or a full refund offered.

To book one of our scheduled classes please use the link below. Gift vouchers are also available - simply click the Book Now button and click on the gift voucher icon.


autumn & WINTER classes

Sunday 18th Aug
Start time 10:30 am (Duration 4 hours)

Skills acquired: Learn how to make authentic Thai curry pastes using both a traditional mortar and pestle and a food processor and how to keep them shelf stable for up to six months. Then learn how to crack you coconut cream and create mouth-watering curries full of flavour!

Sunday 29th Sept
Start time 10:30 am (Duration 4 hours)

Skills acquired: Italy has its sugo passata and Vietnam also has its own tomato sauce - use this garlicy tomato sauce to create two standout dishes - a slow cooked French influenced Vietnamese cinnamon beef ragout and pan-fried fish cutlets with a tomato and pepper sauce.


Sunday 27th October Start time 10.30 am (Duration 4.5 hours)

Skills acquired: Learn to use charcoal to add flavour to rustic Vietnamese streetfood. Make your own sweet chilli sauce, three different Vietnamese dipping sauces to go with char-grilled prawns and a green mango salad and master Ha Noi’s famous cha ca fish cakes cooked at the table!