FIJI'S first ever cooking school for the tourist market will provide a different kind of culinary experience for guests who visit Denarau Island in Nadi.
And despite being only three months old, Flavours of Fiji Cooking School has grown in popularity among residents and visitors to Denarau.
Taught to cook the 'Fijian way', guests are shown the art of cooking traditional local food at their own fully equipped cooking stations.
School director Malisa Raffe said what made the cooking school unique was that it offered lessons in everyday meals cooked in traditional Fijian and Indian homes.
"We don't offer the standard cuisines that are offered in the hotels or resorts they may be staying at," Ms Raffe said.
"We teach them dishes that are cooked at home like rourou or a bhindi curry dish.
"And the dishes vary and we teach them how to cook vegetables, fruits and seafood that are basically in season.
"All of the produce that we use are fresh from the market."
Employing local chefs, the cooking school offers an eight-course meal for each participant.
"Our aim is to showcase delicious local home-style cuisine to visiting tourists and locals alike and we've developed Flavours of Fiji so they could enjoy a fun activity, share our love of local food, learn about local culture and enjoy a special and unique culinary experience along the way," the cooking school director said.
She added that the cooking school would also focus on the groups and incentive market by offering a unique experience for both private and special events.
"Already, we've hosted a few members of some companies as part of their team bonding exercise."
The cooking school offers classes to experienced cooks, beginners and children from eight to 16 years during school holidays.
Scheduled classes are from Monday to Saturday.