Riverina residents and visitors will be slicing, dicing, sautéing and baking up a storm in Wagga’s brand new, custom built cooking school at the Food I Am headquarters, which is now officially open for business!

Located 10km from the Wagga CBD on the highest building block in the region, the Food I Am cooking school is the dream turned reality of Founder, Tania Sibrey, who has been hosting classes in hired commercial kitchens since the business started in 2011.

Chef Melina Puntoriero was on hand to present the first class to the eager participants, with many more guest chefs lined up to try out the new facilities in the coming months.

“We are so excited to have the Food I Am cooking school open for business and to welcome residents and visitors alike to our ‘destination’ headquarters site which encapsulates everything that Food I Am is about!” Tania said.

“The overall aim of Food I Am is to make a connection between the consumer and the producer through food-based experiences, and being located in amongst the producers on the outskirts of Wagga really sets the scene and creates an authentic experience for visitors.”

“It is fantastic to finally have a dedicated space to run our cooking classes, which have attracted more than 2,000 participants since Food I Am began in 2011. The modular installation makes the space flexible so we can cater for different types of cooking classes and demonstrations and the layout was designed with input from high profile chefs. We are ecstatic with the result!”

“On top of all this, we have also just found out that we are a Finalist in the Inland NSW Tourism Awards in the Food Tourism category, which is a new category for the 2014 awards. This is so exciting as it is the first time we have entered an awards program and we can’t wait to see what happens at the award presentations in Griffith on 29 July,” she said.

The cooking school consists of a demonstration kitchen, a large dining area, outdoor timber decking area which can be used for outdoor dining when weather permits, a wash-up area and bathroom facilities. The building was constructed by Prominda Building Systems and fitted out with appliances from De Dietrich Australia.

The Cooking School was partly funded by a $173,500 federal government grant.

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