Jacican - Cooking School & Food Studio. Owned and operated by me, Jaci Hicken in my food studio Mirboo North, in the Gippsland region of Victoria. The food studio focus is on food, meals and produce from and in the Gippsland region.


Join me for a skills based cooking class. I love cooking pastry, homemade preserves, harvesting and sharing lunch from my kitchen garden.


Let me show you how to take your cooking to the next level in one of my cooking classes, it’s never too early or too late discover the art of gourmet food and my range of classes is your opportunity to open up a whole new world. Currently on the calender are:

Pastry - Macarons, Domes, Pies Pasties Sasuage Rolls, Gluten free Baking and tarts,

Harvest Lunches and

Summer & Winter preserving. 

My classes are of an intimate size, so those in attendance always receive the time and attention they need to properly learn and understand the concepts and mechanics of gourmet food preparation.

Bring your private function to the Food Studio where I can design the perfect service for you and your guests no matter the occasion. From birthday parties through to meetings and presentations I have the facilities to cater for any event and can comfortably seat eighteen.


I can tailor a private class, meal or corporate training event to you or your organisation’s needs. Nothing brings people together like eating and preparing food together. In the Food Studio we are all equals regardless of rank and position, making my corporate training days a great opportunity for your team to build together. This makes Jacican an ideal place to host your corporate training and team building exercises, a neutral space where I can bring your workers together to create a meal they will then share around a table.


If you would like to keep up to date I would love it if you followed me on Instagram for my daily adventures, like me on Facebook for upcoming events, follow me on Twitter for my thoughts and check out my blog for the latest recipes out of the Food Studio.

See you soon and keep cooking.



About Me – Jaci Hicken

I grew up on a dairy farm in the South Gippsland outside the town of Loch. As a young girl my time was spent reading the cook books that mum kept in the bottom kitchen draw. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends where spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my IG feed, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. I had an idea that I would become a television technician and work on sporting events (which I did). This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, South Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook.


Before returning to South Gippsland I re-trained as a chef, completing my certificate of commercial cookery. This led me to working in catering, large and small hotels and small businesses, both in Melbourne and South Gippsland before starting Jacican. In 2014 I completed my Bachelor of Business and Commerce from Monash University, just to round out my education.

The Food Studio

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Known as the Food Studio, the kitchen and dining room at Jacican was originally part of Mirboo North's old dairy. Built in the 1950's – remembered locally for the cypress hedge that once stood in front with the word DAIRY carved into it. Jaci Hicken and her husband purchased the dairy with it's adjoining house in 2008 and Jacican Food Studio opened in 2014. Since then they've been welcoming guests keen to experience Jaci's flair with food and her passion for sharing her skills with others.

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