The Art of Carving and Garnishing Fruit and Vegetables

Course Overview

It is well known that you eat with your eyes first! The Art of Carving Fruit and Vegetables course will help you present your food in a visually appealing, creative and appetising way.

This will help anyone who is interested to learn the skills and techniques to create beautifully carved fruit and vegetable centrepieces. You will learn how to use a knife to safely carve out different shapes such as leaves, roses, lillies, swans and fruit baskets.

You will be amazed how much you can learn in a short period of time, making it easy for you to create attractive plate settings and, at the more advanced level, really impressive table centerpieces.

The skills learnt in this course will help individuals who enjoy impressing at dinner parties as well as for the catering professionals who will be proud of their works of art.

By the end of the course you will not look at fruits and vegetables the same way again!

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across Northern and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Blacktown, Carlingford, Chatswood, Epping, Mt Druitt, Richmond, and Ryde. Enrol now!

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What you will learn

Course outline

In this course you will learn carving and garnishing techniques for example:

  • Carving watermelons into fruit baskets
  • Carving carrots into leaves
  • Carving zucchinis into roses
  • Carving apples into swans
  • Carving fennel into calla lilies
  • How to hold a carving knife
  • How to preserve fruits and vegetables

Course outcome

By the end of the course students will have learnt the techniques needed to be able to creatively and confidently carve various fruits and vegetables into delicate patterns, flowers etc to use as garnishes, fruit platters and decorations.

What you need to know

Entry requirements

No prerequisites required. This class is suitable for beginners to advanced carvers.

Students must be able to satisfy basic carving techniques including correctly holding carving knives and completing various carving to proceed to more advanced and delicate forms of carving.

What you need to provide

  • A chopping board
  • One of the classes will require students to bring their own watermelon to carve into a fruit basket (to be advised the class before)

Other information

  • The carving knife at the first class is $10
  • If students wish to purchase the entire carving set (including 80 additional knives and carving tools the cost is $80)
  • The teacher will provide the fruit for each class (except for the watermelon). At the end of each class the cost of the fruit is split between the students (usually $4-5 dollars each student).

Coming soon

There are currently no classes scheduled for this course.

Please check back later as classes are added regularly or get in touch for more information.

Delivery Mode

To meet the needs of our students Macquarie Community College balances delivery and engagement across permanent, regular and temporary delivery sites and offer face-to-face, remote zoom classes and self-paced learning options.

Ways to Study

  • On campus

Our college campus locations are:

    • Blacktown
    • Chatswood
    • Carlingford
    • Epping
    • Ryde
    • Mt Druitt
  • Virtual classroom
  • Complete workplace training
  • Combine ways to study


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How to Enrol

Step 1

Anyone 18 years or older may enrol into our non-accredited short courses by: • choosing the course you are interested in and; • finding a day and time that is suitable.

Step 2

After selecting your course and class. click ‘’Enrol Now’’ and enter your details. • You will be asked to verify your email through a secure link sent to your email address. • Once you have returned to the enrolment page you will proceed through the secure checkout and payment process. • Alternatively, you can call customer service on 1300 845 888. To view our Terms and Conditions, please visit:

Step 3

Once your enrolment has been processed, you will receive the following emails: • Enrolment confirmation: you will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. Please check and read your Terms and conditions. • Tax invoice: the payer of your enrolment will receive this immediately after your enrolment has been processed. • Course reminder: you will receive a reminder the day prior to your class commencement. • Zoom link (for remote zoom classes only): you will receive a Zoom link and password the day prior to class commencement. If your course has multiple sessions, use the same link and password to access each session.