If Masterchef proved anything, it’s that a sparkie from the ‘burbs can become the best amateur cook in Australia. Well, the celebrity chefs that throw down fiendish challenges on the show are also available in real life to offer slightly less competitive cook-offs at Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont.

The cooking school has been running since 1989 and, as the location suggests, specialises in creative cuisine of the seafood variety. The real catch is the guests who pop in to tutor students, starting with a demo in the school’s auditorium, followed by hands-on classes and sit-down meals to enjoy the fruits of the eveyone’s labour.

Coming up in September are sessions by Movida main man Frank Camorra, with a masterclass in seafood tapas, Ms G’s maestro Dan Hong, the guys behind Stanmore newie Sixpenny, Daniel Puskas and James Parry ($120 for the class), and Thai food guru David Thompson of Bangkok’s Nahm ($200 for the class). But you have to plan ahead – the first two are already sold out.

September’s highlight is an Indian dinner party with Universal’s Christine Manfield and Barney Fallows from Déjà Vu Wines on Friday September 28 ($235). The classes usually comprise 50 people, but this is relatively cosy with just 20.

Further ahead in October, there’s Darren Robertson and Mark LaBrooy, the boys from Bronte’s Three Blue Ducks, and in November, Mark Best from Marque.

The school usually hosts four classes per week – running in the mornings on weekends and two nights during the week – which cost between $85 and $235 (for the celebs). There’s also a rather famous market in the building if you need to stock up on supplies.