“Melanie has consistently delivered beautiful cakes for staff birthday celebrations at Brae since our opening in 2013. Her creative cakes are always welcomed with anticipation. Made with great care and expertise, they incorporate various techniques, textures and ingredients; often using fruits and preserves that vary with the seasons, and always delicious…” Chef Dan Hunter, Brae Restaurant Birregurra
Dan’s kind words sum up my food philosophy perfectly; the same values underpin my teaching, photography and events…
Baker, locavore, teacher, traveller, photographer. Whichever role I’m in, there’s always cake!
Love Sets the Table is a cooking school located in a restored Victorian farmhouse high on the hill in Birregurra, with an emphasis on baking, desserts and preserves.
Incorporating local and regional produce wherever possible, I will share the secrets of a lifetime in the kitchen with you; from the best-ever sponge cakes to biscuits, tarts, breads, meringues, pastries and seasonal treats.
Each class has a central theme, building your knowledge and confidence with every recipe. Whether you’re a complete beginner or experienced baker, there will be lots to learn.
Your day at Lumeah begins with treats straight from the oven served with tea and coffee. Weather permitting, we’ll enjoy the amazing views from the deck overlooking the valley. If not, a welcoming wood fire burns in the kitchen.
Take your seat at our purpose-built dining table and enjoy grazing platters throughout the class as I show and tell you everything I know to help you become the confident baker of your dreams. Local beverages and wines are available throughout the class. A relaxed pace means that there’s plenty of time for questions and discussion, and if, like me, you’re a visual learner, there’s lots of opportunity for poking, prodding and stirring!
Tea and coffee will be served as we sample the results of the class which will bring the day to a close. You’ll leave with a copy of all the recipes used in the class, a treat bag and perhaps most importantly, new-found confidence.