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
SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 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...


Kids in The Kitchen: Eat your way around the country
Kids in the kitchen: eat your way around the country
WEDNESDAY 18 JANUARY:Ruth shares her love for regional food specialities with the latest in the immensely popular series of Kids in the Kitchen classes, for 9-14 year olds, with a virtual culinary tour. Wrapped up in an apron and under...


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,...


Victoria’s Secret Christmas
Victoria’s secret christmas
SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER:By popular demand we have released a new date for this class. Sunday 4 December 2016 is now available.    O come, all ye faithful, to partake of Christmas feasting, merrymaking, and good cheer, revealing a few Victorian...


Summer How to High Tea
Summer how to high tea
SUNDAY 12 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...