There are cooking schools, and then there’s ALBA by Kuruvita’s Chef’s Kitchen cooking school. If you’re curious for something uniquely different to try cooking, how about Sri Lankan style curries, seafood dishes, Italian favourites and a whole lot more?

Just outside the buzz of Noosa’s Hastings Street and tucked in a world of its own among the grassy lawns of Noosa Springs Resort, you’ll find ALBA by Kuruvita. It’s an oasis of Queensland’s Sunshine Pantry’s food and drink offering – all stylishly wrapped in lush sub-tropical gardens, aromatic herb beds, classic striped awnings and glass complemented by natural light and crisp linens.

“It’s great to show locals and visitors what we have here on the Sunshine Coast. Even though it may be different cuisines, we’re always featuring local ingredients - the best of the region and what you can do with them.”

- Chef, Peter Kuruvita

Chef Peter Kuruvita leading a cooking class at ALABA By Kuruvita

Chef Peter Kuruvita leading a cooking class at ALABA By Kuruvita

Find your culinary mojo

ALBA by Kuruvita has a fully-stocked providore, an Italian Riviera inspired pizzeria, a relaxed cocktail bar, and a gorgeously chic restaurant. But here's the real gem – ALBA’s top-notch cooking school. Whip up your next culinary masterpiece, learning from the man himself in the sleek Chef’s Kitchen - where foodies and aspiring cooks can discover their inner chefs.

With 45 years of cheffing knowledge, brush up on your own cooking skills learning from Peter Kuruvita himself. Don an apron for one of their classes and let Peter teach you the tricks of his trade. You’ll be cooking the freshest, locally sourced produce, in dishes inspired globally by the chef’s Sri Lankan heritage and classical French training.

Pick a class according to your palette and get ready to roll up your sleeves. Choose from the vibrant Euro flavours of Italian and French; spicy Sri Lankan and tasty Thai or master the art of skilfully prepping seafood and meat.

If being ‘hands-on’ isn’t your thing, and you’d rather kick back and watch the magic unfold, the Chef’s Kitchen also offers up close and personal private group dining experiences with Peter at the helm.

Seasonal local produce is the real star

Now, let's talk about the star (or stars) behind the scenes. The friendly faced, internationally renowned chef, Peter Kuruvita, is the mastermind at ALBA. Famed for his signature snapper curry, his Sri Lankan roots shine through in ALBA’s flavour packed dishes, and in the cooking school too.

Peter Kuruvita, Owner and Head Chef of Alba by Kuruvita

Peter Kuruvita, Owner and Head Chef of Alba by Kuruvita

But it’s not all just about fine dining here. Sure, you can feast your eyes, and your tastebuds, on the most delicious ruby grapefruit nestled beside twice cooked rich pork belly, but importantly, the ingredients on your plate will depend on the season you visit.

Peter is a huge advocate for the incredible produce available on his doorstep. From the coast’s freshest sustainably caught fish, to the hinterland’s native macadamias and organically farmed chickens, fruit and veggies. It's a culinary adventure that's as tasty as it is sustainable.