Cooking Classes | Design Classes

Celia runs a range cooking classes and design classes at The Lakeview House and is also available for events at other venues. All Celia's classes are tailored to the specific interests and needs of the group involved and we enjoy working with you to plan the perfect session.
Celia's approach is to make cooking and entertaining simple, stylish and fun. Her classes focus on:
  • Finding creative inspiration in everyday items 
  • Taking a low stress, high enjoyment approach to entertaining
  • Fresh and nutritious cooking ideas and recipes
  • Quick and stylish table settings
  • Putting together a beautiful posy from the garden
  • Presenting your food beautifully
  • Great ideas for instant/impromptu entertaining   
Some examples of Celia’s group sessions include:
Gourmet Retreat Day
A favourite class for groups of  20+. Arrive at The Lakeview House for morning tea, followed by a garden and house tour. Then a cooking class, recipe book included, champagne and canapes, and a sit down two course lunch followed by a demonstration of fabulous table setting ideas. These classes are approximately $150 a head, starting at 10.30am to finishing up around 3.30pm. This is a great special event for book groups, class reunions, birthdays and are a lovely way to mix age groups.
Hands On Gourmets
For smaller groups (minimum of 10 and maximum of 12) interested in active involvement in cooking and creative projects, we offer a similar experience to the Gourmet Retreat above, but with lots of hands on involvement in food gathering and preparation and creating stylish settings. This class would start at around $180 a head.
The Relaxed Gourmet Group
This type of event suits a larger group of 30-40 and offers a casual lunch, cooking demonstration and recipe book and perhaps a wine matching and tasting experience to finish. Around $120 a head.
Celia has also presented many large scale events (many to help fundraising and community projects) and run cooking classes at a range of venues. Some highlights have included working with guests from Huka Lodge and Tongariro Fishing Lodge, presenting her Making Entertaining Easy Workshop to 350 guests in Hawkes Bay and being Guest Chef at Las Cosas Cook School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Celia is also an experienced motivational speaker and event planner.
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