THOSE keen to hone their culinary skills could be able to access classes with the area’s top chefs by October.
A $150,000 state government grant has allowed Ross Hill Wines to expand with a cooking school and function centre.
Owner James Robson said the facilities were under construction.
“We’re trying to get it online before [the Orange Wine Festival],” he said.
“The cooking school will be held every second week and we’re lining up all the notable chefs around Orange to do it, a lot of the produce will be local and the chefs will be really showcasing what we can do from a food and wine point of view.”
Hatted chefs Michael Manners and Simonn Hawke will lead the cooking school – Mr Robson said groups would be limited to 12, cooking three to four courses.
They would then eat the meal with the chef while trying some Ross Hill wines.
Mr Robson said the intention was to attract more tourists, on top of the record 1.1 million people who visited the region in the year to March.
“We’re adding a new thing for people to do while they’re in Orange,” he said.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the centre would also be used to conduct Wine and Spirit Education Trust courses.
“[They’re] currently only available in Sydney, providing fantastic upskilling opportunities for the local hospitality and tourism industry,” he said.
To book a class, ring Belinda on 6365 3223.