Cooking Class Timetable

Spring 2019

GF=Gluten Free V=Vegetarian LC=Low Carb
You receive a warm welcome. Hands-on quality cooking experience. Comprehensive notes and recipe booklet.
Leisurely lunch of the delicious dishes cooked in class with a complimentary glass of wine.

Date TBA For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Knife Skills Workshop Chopping

So you can enjoy using a truly sharp knife we will also sharpen up to two knives at no extra charge.

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Essential Knife Skills 1 – Back to Basics (GF, LC)

Good knife skills are a must! You cannot cook efficiently without good knife skills and they make cooking a breeze. In this fun class we will help you by sharing our professional experience and teaching you hands-on how to become an accomplished cook by just using a sharp knife and chopping board. We will chop, dice and slice our way through fresh produce to create delicious dishes to share on the day. Learn which knife to use for what task. How to hold and use a knife correctly. What to look for when buying a knife. How to keep them sharp. Ideal class for beginners, couples or anyone for that matter. Includes knife sharpening.

$118 pp (all incl.)

“Hi Sylvia, I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for a wonderful day. We learnt some great skills now all we need to do is practice, practice, practice. Cheers Linda & Peter”

“Thanks Sylvia – Saturday was great and I certainly intend to practice and improve my skills. Cheers, Tina”

“Since attending your Knife Skills Class we use the food processor less and less. It’s actually enjoyable preparing food now with a sharp knife and the chopping process is a pleasure. You have inspired us to get in the kitchen again. Thanks so much.” Niki and Rod Fulton

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Oeufs en Cocotte with Baguette

Learn easy and deliciously simple French provincial food.

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Bread Baking – French Baguette Class with Lunch

Master the skills in preparing and baking fresh French baguettes. Learn some tips and techniques of yeast cookery and baking. Prepare a deliciously simple French provincial dish to enjoy at lunch with salad and a complimentary glass of wine. Fun French themed cooking class with a difference. Bon appétit!

$95 pp (all incl.)

“A great way to learn new skills, gain culinary inspiration and enjoy sharing delicious food together around a table with convivial conversation.”

“Loved this class as the food we prepared was surprisingly quick and easy!” Niki Fulton

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Sylvia's Japanese Teriyaki Beef Steak

Enjoy a Japanese cooking experience with a difference.

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Japanese Home Cooking – Teriyaki Beef Steak Grill and Glaze (GF, LC)

Enjoy a charming Japanese cooking experience. Japanese food is more than just sushi and sashimi. This first class in a series will help you understand some essential ingredients, different cooking styles and techniques. Engage in practical skills to help you create easy and elegant authentic Japanese cuisine at home. Master Teriyaki grilling and glazing. Prepare Dashimaki Tamago (Japanese Rolled Omelette) and simple Japanese vegetable dishes to enjoy at lunch with a complimentary glass of wine. Maybe even sip on Saké and learn a bit about this unique beverage. Learn to cook delicious recipes that you can easily prepare for everyday dining or impress your guests with Japanese style entertaining. An inspiring Japanese cooking experience with a difference. Oishii!

$135 pp (all incl.)

“I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the class. It was so relaxing and interesting and the Japanese food we prepared was delicious. It has inspired me to do some Japanese cooking myself. Thank you for being so friendly, relaxed and competent in teaching us the skills – it was really wonderful.” Kaye Radcliff

Saturday 19th October – 10am to 3pm

Learn versatile sauces adaptable to a variety of foods.

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Sauces for Courses – Back to Basics (GF, LC)

Enjoy learning valuable saucing skills and indispensable sauce recipes in this delicious practical class. You will create sauces that are easily adapted to a wide range of dishes for meat, seafood, poultry, vegetables and salad. Prepare a variety of delicious meals in class that show the versatility of these sauces and dressings. Then sit down to a shared meal with your fellow food lovers and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Great class for singles, couples, a group of friends or anyone who wants to turn a plain meal into something special!

$118 pp (all incl.)

“I had a terrific day learning to prepare sauces and delicious food with my friends and am remembering it with pleasure as I sort through the photos. What a wonderful lunch. Thanks for making it a great day.” Megan Russell

SOLD OUT – Tues 22nd Oct – 10am to 3pm

Handmade Pasta on Sylvia's Chitarra

Indulge you senses in a unique experience.

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Special Handmade Pasta Menu (V)

Indulge your senses in the beautiful tactile and sensory experience of making fresh pasta from Emilia Romagna that Sylvia has been making since she was a child. You will learn to prepare Tagliatelle and Fettuccine. Cook delicious vegetarian sauces to accompany your freshly made pasta. Share a lovely lunch after the class dining on the beautiful food you created. Learn about different types of fresh pasta and what to look for if you are considering purchasing a pasta machine, its care and maintenance. Come along for a unique experience! Very popular class since 2009.

Special Private Class for Two

“Thank you again for a wonderful day! Not only did I learn so much from you, I also came away feeling like I’d been given a very special gift. Thank you for making me feel so welcome in your lovely home and for sharing something that means so much to you. I can’t wait to get myself a pasta machine so I can put it all into practice and share what I’ve learned with my family.” Stephanie Donnelly

2 PLACES LEFT – Saturday 16th November – 10am to 3pm

Christmas Cooking Class

Christmas cooking made easy!

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Christmas Cooking with a Difference Menu 2019 (GF)

Stuck for what to cook this Christmas? Tired of the same old thing? Come along to a Christmas class for new ideas and a fun cooking experience!  Learn a mouth-watering menu that can be served plated or buffet-style and won’t have you slaving away in the kitchen on Christmas Day. Prepare a variety of dishes to serve your family and friends this festive season. Learn tips and tricks to make the day run smoothly.  After the class, share a delicious lunch of the wonderful food you cooked in class with a complimentary glass of wine. How’s that sound?

$145 pp (all incl.)

“I had a terrific class with you and my friends today. Thanks very much for all the preparation and the wonderful way you shared your recipes and skills with us in your lovely kitchen and garden. You always provide us with excellent ideas, skills and techniques. Your Christmas classes are particularly useful and very inspirational. Well, thanks again for a great day.” Megan Russell

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Classes below will be scheduled in the coming months. Are you interested in one?
Contact Sylvia here to discuss a Private Group Class or upcoming dates.

Coming in February/March 2020 Any enquiries Contact Sylvia

Sylvia's Chinese Spiced Quail

Spice up your cooking skills.

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Cooking with Spices 1 (Chinese) – Back to Basics (GF, LC)

Spice up your cooking with a fragrant spice filled Chinese cooking experience! Learn about spices used in Chinese cuisine and how to prepare your own Chinese spice mix from scratch. Master skills and techniques that Sylvia will share from her experiences with Master Chef Cheong Liew OAM. Cook and share a mouth-watering meal of Tasmanian quail with the Chinese spice mixes you prepared in class. Learn what to look for when buying spices and how to store them. For those who enjoy cooking with spices or want to learn more. Come and spice up your life Chinese style!

$118pp (all incl.)

“Sylvia’s enthusiasm for flavours is contagious!” Glenn Wilde

Coming in February/March 2020 Any enquiries Contact Sylvia

Sylvia's Kitchen Garden Thai Ingredients

Ideal casual entertaining for summer and autumn.

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Thai Cooking – Fragrant Barbeque Menu (GF)

Enjoy an exotic Thai cooking experience and barbeque lunch! You will learn about Thai food, fundamental ingredients and cooking techniques. Learn how to prepare an easy authentic Thai marinade using turmeric and fresh herbs, rice flavoured with coconut and Kaffir lime leaf and a delicious Thai vegetable dish followed by a fresh and easy Thai dessert. All of which you can easily prepare at home with local ingredients. These dishes are not ‘hot and spicy’ they are fragrant and flavoursome. Share a generous lunch with your fellow food lovers of the delicious dishes cooked in class. Come and join us for a Thai food experience that will surely inspire you to cook Thai food more often!

$135 pp (all incl.)

“Good Morning Sylvia, It was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to have cooked alongside you. The food was amazing and I have been telling everyone about the food and cooking experience. Here are some photos of the yummy foods that we cooked with your guidance. Once again thank you and good luck with your future endeavors.” Kia and Cory

Date TBA For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Handmade Pasta on Sylvia's Chitarra

Indulge you senses in a unique experience.

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Special Handmade Pasta Menu

Indulge your senses in the beautiful tactile and sensory experience of making fresh pasta from Emilia Romagna that Sylvia has been making since she was a child. You will learn to prepare Tagliatelle and Fettuccine. Cook delicious sauces to accompany your freshly made pasta. Share a lovely lunch after the class dining on the beautiful food you created. Learn about different types of fresh pasta and what to look for if you are considering purchasing a pasta machine, its care and maintenance. Come along for a unique experience! Very popular class since 2009.

$125 pp (all incl.)

“Thank you again for a wonderful day! Not only did I learn so much from you, I also came away feeling like I’d been given a very special gift. Thank you for making me feel so welcome in your lovely home and for sharing something that means so much to you. I can’t wait to get myself a pasta machine so I can put it all into practice and share what I’ve learned with my family.” Stephanie Donnelly

For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Sylvia's Frangipane Tart

Excellent pastry without the fuss.

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Pastry Sweet and Savoury – Back to Basics

Are your pastries too soggy, too crumbly, fall apart? Learn hands-on and master skills and techniques of excellent pastry cooking. Learn about different types of pastry. Get tips and tricks to make successful pastry baking a breeze. Sylvia will also share her personal recipe for a perfect no-blind-bake pastry. Prepare deliciously successful savoury and sweet tarts you can be proud of.  Enjoy a shared lunch of the delicious tarts baked in class with a complimentary glass of wine.

$118 pp (all incl.)

“Hi Sylvia, thank you again for the class and delicious lunch on Saturday. I will feel far more confident and adventurous with my pastry making in the future. Kind Regards, Sarah Merridew”

Date TBA For bookings please Contact Sylvia

No more take-away or supermarket processed pizzas!

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Perfect Gourmet Pizzas

Enjoy a relaxed hands-on Pizza cooking experience with a difference! Cook pizzas like a real Italian. Then dine on your freshly prepared perfect pizzas. Learn about basic yeast cookery and how to prepare our easy pizza dough, which you can freeze and have ready for quick weekend pizza nights at home, using Sylvia’s special blend of Tasmanian Callington Mill flour. Make a variety of delicious fresh gourmet toppings, bake your pizzas on the pizza stone, then enjoy dining on the perfect pizzas you created with complimentary Italian wine. Sounds like fun? It is! No more take-away pizza. Buona!

$120 pp (all incl.)

“At Sylvia’s Kitchen cooking class making pizzas, I had a wonderful evening! Fine food, great company and excellent teacher! Can’t wait for my next class.” Sam Hanson

“Delicious, delicious, delicious! Excellent tips and detailed instructions which make recipes easy to follow. First class produce used. Divine flavours.” Julie Woodgate

Next Class Summer 2020!

Handmade Pasta Liguria

Treat yourself to a unique and fun experience. Men love this too.

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Annual Summer Handmade Pasta from Liguria (V)

Enjoy a fun hands-on cooking experience! Learn how to make fresh handmade pasta in a beautiful tactile class featuring traditional Italian food from Liguria. Ligurian pasta is different to pasta from Emilia Romagna. This is the most sublime and silkiest pasta you will ever taste. Prepare artisan Pesto using a large mortar and pestle. Cook authentic mouth watering summer sauces to accompany your freshly made Ligurian pasta then share a traditional Italian lunch with complimentary matching wine. Ideal for couples or a group of friends. Handmade pasta is one of Sylvia’s specialty classes since 2009.

$125 pp (all incl.)

“We got so much out of the pasta making class and have made pasta for friends and family many times since. Our 10 year old grandson loves it so much he now has his own pasta machine and makes the pasta for his family. So, you’ve helped to start a new tradition in our family! Thank you for your wonderful tuition Sylvia!” Linda and Ian Ravenwood

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Sylvia's Tasmanian Seafood Experience dish

Cooking sensational seafood is easier than you think.

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Sensational Seafood Fabulous Fish (GF, LC)

Enjoy a relaxed hands-on cooking class and learn about fresh local seafood and fish. Gain confidence in preparing a variety of simply beautiful seafood dishes flavoured with fresh ingredients that you can easily re-create at home for weeknight dining or entertaining. Learn valuable skills of successful seafood cookery. What flavours go with what seafood. How to cook creatively with fresh seafood yet keep it simple. After the class enjoy dining on the delicious dishes you created. Everyone will enjoy these sensational seafood dishes using fresh produce from the sea that is so bountiful in our island state!

$135 pp (all incl.)

“Fantastic fish class! Very thorough. I achieved what I wanted and more. Inspiring and informative.” Patricia Quinn

“Many thanks Sylvia, lovely pics which are a great illustration of our commitment to task. I have also done the (seafood) parcels which were very well received and am doing the herb fish next week. Thanks again.” Christine Goodacre

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Italian Flatbreads CC 2015 Lunch on Deck
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Italian Artisan Flatbreads and Flavours (LC, V)

Enjoy a fun cooking experience! Learn hands-on how to prepare, bake, and of course, eat delicious Italian artisan flatbreads. Sylvia’s Piadina and Crescenta became famous at their boutique country restaurant The Peacock Inn where Sylvia cooked a daily listed blackboard menu inspired by the surrounding countryside and local produce. Learn skills and techniques in how to cook flavoursome fillings using fresh local Tasmanian produce and edibles from her kitchen garden. Share lunch of the delicious dishes you cooked in class and discover regional specialities from Emilia-Romagna. These flatbreads are ideal fun holiday, weekend or everyday food! Fresh, Low Carb and suitable for Vegetarians too.

$118 pp (all incl.)

“Far better than I expected! Especially the intimate family-feel of the day. Class notes and recipes are great. Informal engagement is excellent. I want to come to more classes!” Megan Russell

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Moroccan Couscous

Perfect Autumn and Winter cooking.

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Moroccan Cooking – Chermoula Fish and Spiced Vegetable Couscous (GF, V)

Immerse yourself in a beautifully fragrant Moroccan cooking experience! Learn how to prepare an authentic Chermoula fish dish and Morocco’s famous Couscous dish from Fez. Master skills and techniques and cook a delicious Moroccan meal you can easily create at home. Learn about Moroccan flavours, ingredients and techniques. Revel in the delights of Moroccan cuisine and share the fruits of your labour in a sit-down lunch with a difference. Available as Gluten Free class using Quinoa – please advise at time of booking.

$135 pp (all incl.)

“I can now confidently prepare a Moroccan meal and mix and match for weeknights. The vegetable couscous dish is the best! Sylvia is very knowledgable, welcoming and friendly.” Andrea Hurst

Date TBA For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Spanish Tapa Taster Platter - Delicious!

Culinary diversity for everyday dining and entertaining.

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Spanish Tapa Menu 1- The Little Dishes of Spain (GF, LC)

Discover the rich culinary diversity that is Spanish Tapa (often referred to as Tapas). In this Introduction Class you will learn about the culture and history of Tapa together with fundamental ingredients and cooking techniques. Learn how to incorporate Tapa into your everyday dining and entertaining with our authentic menu that takes you on a journey from the simplest Tapa through to more complex dishes. Share in the delicious dishes cooked in class. One of the first of Sylvia’s highly popular Adult Ed classes since 2007. Get a taste of this highly creative style of food that is quintessentially Spanish.

$145 pp (all incl.)

“Thanks Sylvia!  We are attempting to use our new skills this evening with some friends – wish us luck! …Our Tapas dinner was a success! We were especially pleased the tortilla turned out perfectly. Thanks so much!” Heather & Ally

“Sylvia is very enthusiastic about Tapas. Class well thought out and excellently presented. The food was wonderful which has inspired me to do some dishes at home. Answered all questions very thoroughly. Encouraged feedback. Made everyone feel welcome and put all at ease.” Wendy Bennett

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Sylvia's Spanish Tapas Class Menu 2

Learn more sensational Spanish Tapa dishes.

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Spanish Tapa Menu 2 – The Little Dishes of Spain

This second menu embraces even more Spanish Tapa culinary diversity in authentic dishes that you can prepare for everyday dining and entertaining. Spanish Tapa was one of the first of Sylvia’s highly popular Adult Ed classes since 2007. Get a taste of this highly creative style of food that is quintessentially Spanish. Further details to come.

$145 pp (all incl.)

“Sylvia is very enthusiastic about Tapas. Class well thought out and excellently presented. The food was wonderful which has inspired me to do some dishes at home. Answered all questions very thoroughly. Encouraged feedback. Made everyone feel welcome and put all at ease.” Wendy Bennett

For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Sylvia's Pad Thai Cooking Class Menu

Another irresistible Thai food experience!

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Thai Cooking – Pad Thai Dinner Menu (GF)

Embrace one of Thailand’s national dishes! Enjoy a mouth watering cooking experience with a difference in this Thai Menu. Share a dinner of the delicious dishes you cooked in class with complimentary refreshments. Master skills in cooking the perfect Pad Thai, Chicken Coconut and Galangal Soup and Thai stir-fried vegetables all of which you can recreate at home with ease. Learn about Thai ingredients, herbs and cooking techniques to perfect your skills. Be inspired by the irresistible aromas and flavours of Thailand, once again!

$135 pp (all incl.)

“It was a wonderful experience! I received a Gift Voucher and came to Sylvia’s Pad Thai class. Learnt heaps of valuable information and how to cook Thai food at home. Sylvia is very knowledgeable and obviously has a passion for what she does.”  Sue Wilde

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Autumn Food Basket

Cook with fresh autumn produce.

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Italian Cooking with the Seasons – Autumn Menu (V)

Enjoy a great time learning to cook a sensational seasonal menu for autumn or winter inspired by fresh Tasmanian produce. Delight in learning skills and beautiful versatile recipes using Swiss chard, silverbeet, ricotta, pumpkin, potatoes, mushrooms, fresh herbs from the kitchen garden and more. Prepare sublime olive oil pastry to make Sylvia’s special ‘Torta di Verdure’ followed by various seasonal dishes to share at lunch. Popular class since 2009. Suitable for vegetarians, meat lovers and those wanting to get the best out of this season’s produce.

$125 pp (all incl.)

“Hi Sylvia, I just wanted to say thanks for the lovely day we all had on Saturday. I made the spinach pie (Torta di Verdure – I’m so not Italian!) last night, yum! The pumpkin dish I whipped up on Sunday to go with a roast and polished off the rest for lunch on Monday. Looking forward to our next class with you. Cheers, Alison Keable”

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Sylvia's Boning Knife Skills Class - Back to Basics

Ideal class for those who attended Knife Skills 1.

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Knife Skills 2 – Boning – Back to Basics (GF, LC)

The next step in knife skills! In this fun class we will teach you hands-on how to master the skills of boning. Learn how to use a boning knife easily and effectively. You will de-bone and portion whole poultry so that at the end of the class you will feel confident enough to achieve this at home with ease. Learn how to prepare a variety of delicious dishes using different cuts. Share lunch on the day plus take home one fresh dish you prepared in class. There is no costly waste and you will have learnt valuable skills to last you a lifetime. Practical skills, economical advice, delicious flavours and great recipes! This class has formed part of Sylvia’s one-on-one cooking coaching since 2006.

$135 pp (all incl.)

“What an amazing experience! After 20 years of telling myself I couldn’t cook I took the plunge and embarked on cooking coaching with Sylvia. She has instilled in me a confidence I never imagined. For the first time, I felt in control rather than a fish out of water. I have no fear. Thank you so much. I feel liberated!” Daniel Cadart

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Sylvia's Moroccan Tagine Class 1

Ideal winter cooking and entertaining.

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Moroccan Cooking – Tagine Menu 1 (GF, LC)

Be enchanted by the exotic aromas and flavours of this magical cuisine. Learn easy Moroccan cooking techniques. Create a luscious Lamb Tagine menu that you can easily re-create at home. Ideal for winter entertaining. Find out about the history and culture of Moroccan food. Receive practical advice to use at home on fundamental ingredients, cooking techniques and kitchen equipment. Enjoy a shared lunch of the beautiful food you create in class. To complete this Moroccan experience, enjoy an authentic fragrant Moroccan Milk Pudding. One of Sylvia’s popular classes with Adult Ed since 2006. Come and indulge your senses!

$135 pp (all incl.)

“Thank you Sylvia for the Moroccan experience, culinary and culture. Sylvia’s Kitchen flyer is so accurately expressed, but one has to be present to appreciate, understand and enjoy the passion of your hands-on cooking classes.” Roger Steel

Tasmanian Food Experiences

Cooking Classes for Visitors who want to “Live Like a Local” or Locals who want to “Live Like a Tourist”.
Sylvia is also happy to design a bespoke class just for you.

Private Class for Two or Group of Four

Sylvia's Tasmanian Scallops

Simply beautiful Tasmanian seafood experience.

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Tasmanian Seafood Experience (GF, LC)

Enjoy a personalised Tasmanian Seafood Experience with a difference. In this special hands-on cooking class you will learn about a variety of seasonally available fresh local seafood and prepare a four to five course degustation menu that you can easily re-create at home. You will cook with fresh Tasmanian seasonal ingredients to flavour your simply beautiful seafood dishes. After the class relax and enjoy dining on the delicious dishes you created with complimentary matching Tasmanian wine. Feast on local seafood in a special private cooking class.

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“Thank you very much for the pictures and your warm and generous hospitality. After posting some pictures our friends and family have very high expectations for our next meal. We really are very inspired. Thanks once more.” Sharon and David Grellman

Private Class for Two or Group of Four

Sylvia's Tasmanian Truffle and Handmade Pasta

Simply sublime pasta with Tasmanian truffles.

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Tasmanian Truffle Farm Tour and Handmade Pasta Experience

Enjoy a personalised Tasmanian Food Experience with a Handmade Pasta cooking class with a difference. You will experience a personal Truffle Farm tour (subject to availability), truffle tasting and cooking with truffles. Indulge your senses in the beautiful tactile experience of making fresh hand-made pasta. Cook delicious sauces to accompany your freshly made pasta. After the class enjoy dining on the delicious dishes you created with complimentary matching Tasmanian wine. A very interesting, informative and enjoyable private class.

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“Hi Sylvia, thanks so much for a lovely day on Saturday. Thanks for working with me to organise the surprise visit to Launceston for my wife’s 50th birthday celebration. You were so accommodating, helpful and generous in customising a personal experience for us including a tour of Tamar Valley Truffle farm, truffle tastings, cooking with truffles, handmade pasta cooking class for us both and a beautiful lunch.” Patrick and Kate Gibbons, Sydney

Private Class for Two or Group of Four

Truffled Chicken Dish

Enjoy cooking a bespoke menu using local food specialities.

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Tasmanian Food Experience – Bespoke Menu and Truffle Farm Tour

Enjoy a personalised Tasmanian Food Experience and Truffle Farm tour (subject to availability) with truffle tasting. Sylvia will happily design a bespoke class just for you. The four course menu will give you the opportunity to learn and cook with local food specialties, such as saffron, truffles, seafood, poultry or game, and other fresh local produce. After the class enjoy dining on the delicious dishes you created with complimentary matching Tasmanian wine. Learn new skills, gain culinary inspiration and enjoy delicious Tasmanian food in a unique private cooking class.

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“Hola Sylvia! We enjoyed your company a lot and your country and all that we did together including cooking wonderful food together. Thanks for all the care that you gave us. Thanks for everything! All my admiration goes to you, the best passionate cook who cooks from the heart, I ever met. Many kisses.” Ana Luisa Marín & José Francisco Jiménez / Mexico/Ecuador

Private Class Options

Sylvia’s Cooking Class are available as an exclusive Private Class for a minimum two persons or couple at a small additional cost. Choose from any of the classes in the Cooking Class Timetable. Contact Sylvia for pricing and to book a mutually available date. Click here to find out what you can expect from your cooking experience with Sylvia.