- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Paul Gosney
- Designer Dreamtime Australia Design
In 2009, the Sydney Seafood School underwent a major refurbishment to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Complete with an abundance of art, handmade items and state-of-the-art cooking equipment, the Seafood School was transformed into a dramatic cooking theatre.
Upon entering the school, a stunning sandstone sculptural wall by award-winning sculptor Michael Purdy sits within a timber clad entry vestibule. Walking through to the demonstration kitchen, Icelandic fish leather clads the walls and a fossil rich limestone benchtop forms the surface on which the likes of Peter Doyle display their magic.
The hands-on cooking kitchen is dark and dramatic, with spot lights over the individual stainless steel cooking benches. Chalk graffiti by Joy Godley and her team feature on all walls and include seafood cooking tips, Sydney Fish Market history and impeccably detailed drawings of various Australian fish species. The dining room features a photomural of Pyrmont and handmade pendant lights (by the Dreamtime team) with over 6,000 light globes and meters of fishing net and rope.
A marriage of up-to-date cooking technology and a dramatic warmth, the cooking school will draw out the chef in all who enter.
*Team* Michael McCann, Poonam Randev, Sally Gordon, Tim Barry