Most weekends from February to December, the Ruth Pretty Cooking School shares recipes, cooking ideas and entertaining secrets for 36 participants amid the rural tranquility of Te Horo.

Guest presenters - a range of top chefs and food personalities - complement Ruth Prettys own classes. They show participants how to prepare the dishes on that days menu in a relaxed environment, where stories are told and questions answered.

A long lunch on the verandah, under sun umbrellas, or even at the chefs benches, savouring every dish from the class (with matching wines) finishes off the day. Recipes are provided and participants only need bring their culinary interest and an appetite. Classes start from $210 (incl GST) per person.
Preliminary coffee, teas and a tasty little treat is served in the Garden Room from 9.15am, and the class starts at 10am.  Watch and learn as the presenter takes you through each dish step by simple step.  You don't need to bring a thing: take-home recipes are provided and a pen for adding your own notes and all those extra little tips the presenters offer.  A late morning coffee break is also a chance to peruse the treasures of Ruth's Kitchen Shop, and the full menu as demonstrated is served for lunch with matched wines or other drinks about 2pm.  The class generally concludes about 4pm and experienced participants prefer not to plan on a big dinner that night!!
Seafood Barbecue Bonanza
Seafood barbecue bonanza
SATURDAY 25 MARCH 2017:Ruth will show you how to bring it all together to delight your friends and family over summer, with this mid-January class in the Te Horo sunshine. Did someone mention Christmas gifts? You might think it’s a perfect...


Ready, Steady, Bake with Dean Brettschneider
Ready, steady, bake with dean brettschneider
SATURDAY 21 JANUARY 2017:Picking up ideas and baking styles for breads, cakes, pastries and biscuits from all over the world, Dean shares his experience and enthusiasm generously.  His life is a whirl of international travel, baking business development and classes,...


Summer How to High Tea
Summer how to high tea
12, 19 MARCH 2017: The perfect Christmas present for yourself or for the person who has everything.  Summer High Tea with Ruth. Who doesn’t deserve a day out, some serious pampering and pretty cakes? Taking some delicious time out with your...


Sunshine Drenched Inspiration
Sunshine drenched inspiration
SATURDAY 18 MARCH 2017:Hot on the heels of the October 2016 publication of “Never Put All Your Eggs in One Bastard” Peta Mathias returns to Springfield for one class only. It is hard to pin this girl down. Peta spends much...