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The science of barbecuing. A 5 hour 6-course barbecue masterclass with an open bar.

About EssencebbqLab

Discover the science of barbequing with a masterclass at Essencebbqlab on Filippin Court in Werribee. Based in Melbourne’s west, this cooking school offers the complete barbeque experience under the guidance of Executive Chef Bart Beek, whose mantra has always been ‘cook with passion’; he is also an author, food writer and stylist. This is no ordinary BBQ class, it is a culinary journey that will teach you the science and techniques to reinvent how you barbeque; expect to cook dishes like hot-smoked spice-cured salmon on cedar planks with ginger pepper broth. Chow down on 6-hour St Louis-style pork spare ribs, with Memphis dry rub, slaw and lovage; or devour whole brined and spit-roasted chicken, adobo seco, wild thyme, lemon and kasundi, finishing with up-side-down pear and almond cake.


Specials & Events

Location & Map

7 Filippin Court, Werribee 3030 VIC - See Map

Opening Hours

Mon  Closed
Tue  Closed
Wed  Closed
Thu  Closed
Fri  12:00:PM - 4:30:PM
Sat  12:00:PM - 4:30:PM
Sun  12:00:PM - 4:30:PM

Groups & Functions

We can make any foods required for your special event. You can choose your preferred courses from the menu list on the essencebbqLAB website.

  • Up to 20 Guests
  • Birthday Party
  • Charity Event
  • Christmas Party
  • Cocktail Party
  • Conference
  • Corporate Function
  • Dinner Party
  • Product Launch
  • Canapes
  • Degustation
  • Finger Food
  • Set Menu

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Member Reviews (3)


A gastronomic experience beyond expectation.
I hail from the school of throw a few chops and snags on the BBQ flip them a few times and their done. Oh how ignorant I was? Bart'ss knowledge and enthusiasm on food preparation, cooking methods and presentation was outstanding. The class was a lot of fun, and Bart the perfect host and teacher, provided unique insights from his extensive experience as a chef. All up we learnt how to prepare 9 dishes of various meats, fish and vegetables. We covered, baking, roasting, grilling, smoking , produce selection, seasonings and sauces, all of which we consumed over the 4 ½ hour class held in Barts well outfitted kitchen, and beautiful outdoor garden area.

The class also represents outstanding value and includes the cooking class, amazing food and exquisite wine selections. On completion of the afternoon, we were gifted with an outstanding Hesten Blumenthal chef’s knife (German steel, Japanese wood handle) and other goodies. Highly recommend.


Amazing BBQ Masterclass. Learn the science of Barbecuing. Enjoy the degustation.
Bart is a great person and an amazing chef. It will change the way you light up your barbecue next time for a meal. Enjoy the deliciousness...


An amazingly professional presentation. Excellent food, great tips, food & company. A pleasant afternoon in lovely surroundings.
Bart is the consummate host, he anticipates his clients needs. He's willing to share his expertise & suggest ideas to assist in expanding peoples use of BBQs & cooking methods. A fun and informative afternoon. Highly recommended.