So much of the emphasis in the classes is on the quality of produce.

I very deliberately sought sponsors who could provide not just good produce, but great produce.
My sponsors’ products reflect my philosophy about cooking – simply using the best ingredients possible and not overly complicating the food preparation.
I am delighted to say that not one of my preferred sponsors knocked me back. So there is no question of integrity in recommending these products, as they are exactly what I use at home.

Hopefully, one message that will last with you after these classes is an appreciation of the difference that top quality produce, other ingredients and cooking equipment makes to your cooking.

The sponsors of the We Can Cook classes are:

Fratelli Fresh
I have no doubt that Fratelli Fresh is the best place in Sydney to buy fruit and vegetables.
Food industry stalwart Barry MacDonald runs his providor business to Sydney’s top restaurants out of the same space as the retail operation, so we’re buying the same elite produce as the three hat restaurants. Barry buys direct from artisan growers as well as the markets, offering produce like ox heart tomatoes, cavallo nero, the freshest zucchini flowers and a wonderful selection of chilled fresh herbs.
As well as fruit and vegetables, Fratelli Fresh also sells Italian cheese, sweet canned Italian tomatoes and a huge range of olives, olive oil, vinegar, anchovies, rice and pasta.

Macleay St (Above Woolworths)
Potts Point

52 Mitchell Rd Alexandria
11 Bridge St Sydney

Macleay St Potts Point
16 Hickson Rd Walsh Bay

Stores now open 7 days

Where would we be without Carlo Colaiacomo’s AC Butchery?
AC is famous for its Italian sausages; pork and fennel and duck and pistachio are my favourites. But the plain beef are great for weekend fry ups and the plain Italian pork perfect for many Italian recipes, including my rigatoni with Italian sausage and capsicum ragu.
And Carlo’s other products are every bit as good as his sausages. The free range pork actually tastes like pork, the veal and lamb are legendary and the wagyu beef is both well priced and delicious. Try the prosciutto and pancetta or the fabulous, golden yolked organic eggs.

174 Marion St Leichhardt
Ph 9569 8657

Steve Costi Seafoods
You can now buy quality seafood without driving to the fish markets, with Steve’s shops now in more than a dozen suburbs across Sydney. I find that it’s best to develop a relationship with the store manager, asking what is in season and which fish is really good today. Get them to recommend produce to you, rather than shopping with preconceived ideas.
Steve’s stores have a particularly good range of fish fillets, many already cut into portions for you, to save wastage and mess.
If you want something specific that’s not in stock, like some crustaceans, whole fish or sashimi, speak to the store manager who may be able to source it for you.

Northbridge Plaza
Ph 9958 0947
David Jones City
Ph 9266 6234
David Jones Bondi Junction
Ph 9619 1290
Warringah Mall
Ph 9938 9155
Birkenhead Point
Ph 9819 7198
St Ives Shopping Village
Ph 9144 3099
Winston Hills Mall
Ph 9674 9078
Met Centre (City)
Ph 9252 9811
Ph 4365 3563
Erina 2
Ph 4367 6811
Ph 9499 3433
Ph 9969 9435
Ph 8883 0700
Menai Market Place
Ph 9541 2580
Stanhope Gardens
Ph 8814 7611
Ph 9398 2400
Ph 9328 5724

Grand Sud
Grand Sud is a brand of very approachable wines from the south-west of France. It is France’s second largest expert brand with sales in excess of 30 million bottles each year
Grand Sud is available in four varietals in Australia: Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc – all in 1 litre bottles and all remarkable value at around $12-13 retail. You can find Grand Sud in selected Porter’s and Chamber’s Cellars stores and other leading retailers.