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Host: Ally

Diamond Creek, Australia

USD
$68-$110 per person

A modern Australian cooking class and meal in Diamond Creek

Host offerings
  • House
  • In-home meal
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit + Cooking class + Meal
  • Food tour

Meet Ally

Ally lives on a beautiful property just 25 kms from the center of Melbourne. Together with her family Ally has built their own house after being inspired by travels through the south of France. Her home has fantastic views of the Kinglake ranges and a valley of gum trees, and is often visited by kangaroos! Ally is a passionate, self-taught home cook, who has been cooking for almost 40 years now. She grew up on a wheat and sheep farm and moved to the beautiful multi-cultural Melbourne when she was 19. She enjoys cooking and puts in so much time, love and effort that each meal turns into a food event! Her passion has opened many opportunities and has done a variety of things in the food industry, including working at a café to develop their menu and catering for a number of events. In addition to her first love of cooking, Ally also enjoys gardening, photography and pottery.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) You will be welcomed by Ally to her beautiful and spacious home with a refreshing drink. Ally’s food is modern Australian and is inspired by a variety of different cultures and flavors. She bakes her own sourdough bread daily and is always trying out new things in her kitchen, experimenting with flavors and trying different food combinations. She loves cooking healthy, fresh meals from scratch and uses produce from her own vegetable, fruit and herb garden. After you get to know your host a little better while snacking on some appetizers, join Ally and her family (when they are home) at the dining table for a home cooked meal prepared with lots of love! You might enjoy dishes like freshly baked sourdough bread, or focaccia served with an Australian dukkah and homemade goat cheese drizzled with lemon honey. This might be followed by chicken which has been deboned and stuffed with wild rice, herbs, walnuts, currants and lemon zest and then roasted and served with homemade chutneys or chili jam. Accompanying this you might enjoy a salad such as a green salad with peas, shoots, mint and an Asian-inspired dressing or a roasted cauliflower salad with lentils, dates, and a tahini dressing. For dessert you might enjoy kaffir lime panna cotta with berry coulis, coconut ice cream and fresh berries. End your meal with coffee or tea.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Ally will teach you to make two Australian-inspired dishes from scratch using fresh ingredients and herbs from from her garden. Before you start your hands-on experience, Ally will give you a small tour of her garden and will show you all the fruits, vegetables and herbs she grows. After you pluck a few herbs from her garden, cook alongside with Ally in her large, beautiful kitchen. The cooking portion of the experience will last for 1-2 hours during which you will learn to make a salad and a main dish. Then enjoy your meal together, which will be served with a couple other dishes Ally might have prepared in advance.

Notes: Ally can offer vegetarian and vegan meals on request. Please let her know your preference while creating your reservation online.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Roasted free range chicken rolled in wild rice, currants and pesto
  • Freshly-baked foccacia served with Australian dukkah and homemade goats cheese drizzled with honey
  • Kaffir lime panna cotta served with berry coulis
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Ally opened her home to us, shared her knowledge of food and cooking, and guided us to prepare the ricotta gnocchi, this was a wonderful hands on experience - as it was easy, light and delicious and a meal we would definitely make at home. It’s really hard to pick a favourite dish - as the entire menu was delicious! Ally’s house is lovely & spacious & homey. We loved that she uses fresh herbs from her garden, and made her own sourdough.

Violetta, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

We had a delightful time with Ally and her family at their beautiful home yesterday. Such warm hospitality and delicious food! The meal began with home baked bread and dukkah about which I was curious...Ally shared her recipe and sent some along with me to take home...we then had a delicious goat cheese soufflé and salad with pomegranate seeds...wonderful chicken and vegetables...topped off with a gorgeous lemon tart! The meal was wonderful, but the best part was their warm hospitality...they were intent on seeing we had a good time...gave us lots of recommendations for other things to see and do while we’re here...really such a nice experience...if you find yourself in Melbourne, you’d be lucky to spend time with Ally!
- Peggy July 13, 2019

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Ally

$68-$110 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$86 $74 $68
Cooking Experience + Meal
$110 $96 $90
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$86 $74 $68
Cooking Experience + Meal
$110 $96 $90
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Ally

Ally lives on a beautiful property just 25 kms from the center of Melbourne. Together with her family Ally has built their own house after being inspired by travels through the south of France. Her home has fantastic views of the Kinglake ranges and a valley of gum trees, and is often visited by kangaroos! Ally is a passionate, self-taught home cook, who has been cooking for almost 40 years now. She grew up on a wheat and sheep farm and moved to the beautiful multi-cultural Melbourne when she was 19. She enjoys cooking and puts in so much time, love and effort that each meal turns into a food event! Her passion has opened many opportunities and has done a variety of things in the food industry, including working at a café to develop their menu and catering for a number of events. In addition to her first love of cooking, Ally also enjoys gardening, photography and pottery.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) You will be welcomed by Ally to her beautiful and spacious home with a refreshing drink. Ally’s food is modern Australian and is inspired by a variety of different cultures and flavors. She bakes her own sourdough bread daily and is always trying out new things in her kitchen, experimenting with flavors and trying different food combinations. She loves cooking healthy, fresh meals from scratch and uses produce from her own vegetable, fruit and herb garden. After you get to know your host a little better while snacking on some appetizers, join Ally and her family (when they are home) at the dining table for a home cooked meal prepared with lots of love! You might enjoy dishes like freshly baked sourdough bread, or focaccia served with an Australian dukkah and homemade goat cheese drizzled with lemon honey. This might be followed by chicken which has been deboned and stuffed with wild rice, herbs, walnuts, currants and lemon zest and then roasted and served with homemade chutneys or chili jam. Accompanying this you might enjoy a salad such as a green salad with peas, shoots, mint and an Asian-inspired dressing or a roasted cauliflower salad with lentils, dates, and a tahini dressing. For dessert you might enjoy kaffir lime panna cotta with berry coulis, coconut ice cream and fresh berries. End your meal with coffee or tea.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Ally will teach you to make two Australian-inspired dishes from scratch using fresh ingredients and herbs from from her garden. Before you start your hands-on experience, Ally will give you a small tour of her garden and will show you all the fruits, vegetables and herbs she grows. After you pluck a few herbs from her garden, cook alongside with Ally in her large, beautiful kitchen. The cooking portion of the experience will last for 1-2 hours during which you will learn to make a salad and a main dish. Then enjoy your meal together, which will be served with a couple other dishes Ally might have prepared in advance.

Notes: Ally can offer vegetarian and vegan meals on request. Please let her know your preference while creating your reservation online.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Roasted free range chicken rolled in wild rice, currants and pesto
  • Freshly-baked foccacia served with Australian dukkah and homemade goats cheese drizzled with honey
  • Kaffir lime panna cotta served with berry coulis
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Ally opened her home to us, shared her knowledge of food and cooking, and guided us to prepare the ricotta gnocchi, this was a wonderful hands on experience - as it was easy, light and delicious and a meal we would definitely make at home. It’s really hard to pick a favourite dish - as the entire menu was delicious! Ally’s house is lovely & spacious & homey. We loved that she uses fresh herbs from her garden, and made her own sourdough.

Violetta, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

We had a delightful time with Ally and her family at their beautiful home yesterday. Such warm hospitality and delicious food! The meal began with home baked bread and dukkah about which I was curious...Ally shared her recipe and sent some along with me to take home...we then had a delicious goat cheese soufflé and salad with pomegranate seeds...wonderful chicken and vegetables...topped off with a gorgeous lemon tart! The meal was wonderful, but the best part was their warm hospitality...they were intent on seeing we had a good time...gave us lots of recommendations for other things to see and do while we’re here...really such a nice experience...if you find yourself in Melbourne, you’d be lucky to spend time with Ally!
- Peggy July 13, 2019

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$86 $74 $68
Cooking Experience + Meal
$110 $96 $90
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$86 $74 $68
Cooking Experience + Meal
$110 $96 $90
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-1:00pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
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