Cooking Class Timetable

Spring 2021

Do you have a Travel Voucher Tasmania? Expiry has been extended! 🙂
Purchase a place in a cooking class experience before 31 October or purchase
a Gift Voucher for yourself for any Cooking Class experience after 31 October.

Gift Vouchers must be purchased between 2 August and 31st October 2021.
https://www.travelvoucherstasmania.com.au/terms-and-conditions

You receive a warm welcome.
Hands-on quality cooking experience. Personalised attention to detail.
Comprehensive notes and recipes.
Leisurely lunch of the dishes you cooked in class with a complimentary glass of wine.

Private Group bookings for any class below please Contact Sylvia

GF=Gluten Free    VEG=Vegetarian    VN=Vegan
LC=Low Carb    FOF = Full of Flavour

Fully Booked – Saturday 25 September – 10am to 3pm

Sylvia's Tasmanian Seafood Experience dish

Cooking sensational seafood is easier than you think.

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Sensational Seafood Fabulous Fish (GF, LC, FOF)

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!

139 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

“Thanks Sylvia! It was a very enjoyable day. We had a great day. Thank you so much. Look forward to the next one.” Michelle Bean/Cristina Davidson

Fully Booked – Saturday 2 October – 10am to 3pm

Sylvia's Moroccan Tagine Class 1

Ideal for entertaining Moroccan style.

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Moroccan Cooking – Lamb Tagine Menu (GF, LC, FOF)

Be enchanted by the exotic aromas and flavours of this magical cuisine. Learn easy Moroccan cooking techniques and how to prepare an authentic Moroccan spiced marinade to create a luscious Lamb Tagine and accompanying vegetable dish that you can easily re-create at home. Ideal for entertaining with a difference. Find out about the history and culture of Moroccan food. Receive practical advice on fundamental ingredients, cooking techniques and kitchen equipment. You don’t necessarily need a traditional terracotta tagine to create this richly flavoursome food. Sylvia will show you how. Enjoy a shared lunch of the beautiful food cooked in class and finish with a traditional Moroccan dessert. One of Sylvia’s popular classes with Adult Ed since 2006. Come and indulge your senses!

139 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

“Thank you for opening up your home and making us feel welcomed. We loved learning a new skill making the Tagine, sharing lunch with family and new friends. Your instructions will be put to good use for the special times we entertain. Until next time, thank you and stay safe. Cheers the Wakefields”

Fully Booked Private Group – Sunday 3 October – 10am to 3pm

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, FOF)

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 Sylvia’s authentic menu. Sip on Sherry or Cava and come on a Spanish culinary 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

Date TBA
For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Sylvia's Pad Thai Cooking Class Menu

An irresistible Thai food experience. Great for a group!

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Thai Cooking – Pad Thai Menu (GF, FOF)

Embrace one of Thailand’s national dishes! Enjoy a mouth watering cooking experience with a difference in this Thai Menu. Master skills in cooking the perfect Pad Thai, fragrant Chicken Coconut and Galangal Soup and Thai stir-fried vegetables all of which you can easily recreate at home. Learn about Thai ingredients, herbs and cooking techniques to perfect your skills. Enjoy a shared meal of the delicious dishes cooked in class. Relax. Sit at the bench, watch and learn whilst Sylvia demonstrates how to prepare this classic Thai meal or join in if you wish. Easy! Be inspired by the irresistible aromas and flavours of Thailand once again.

139 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

Fully Booked – Saturday 9 October – 10am to 3pm

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, FOF)

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 Sylvia’s authentic menu. Sip on Sherry or Cava and come on a Spanish culinary 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

Fully Booked – Sunday 10 October – 10am to 3pm

Oeufs en Cocotte with Baguette

Learn easy and deliciously simple French provincial food.

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Bread Baking – French Baguette Class with Lunch (VEG, FOF)

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 a French dressed salad and a complimentary glass of wine. Ideal for vegetarians too. Fun French themed cooking class with a difference. Bon appétit!

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

145 pp (incl. special Baguette Baking Tray & Flour Mix to get you started)

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

Saturday 16 October – 10am to 3.30pm

Sauces for Courses Salmon Dish

Learn versatile sauces adaptable to a variety of foods.

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Sauces for Courses 1 – French Menu (GF, LC, FOF)

Enjoy learning valuable saucing skills and indispensable sauce recipes in this delicious practical class. You will create sauces inspired by French cuisine that Sylvia has been using since 1980s in her restaurant and catering cooking. Sauces that are easily adapted to a wide range of dishes for meat, seafood, poultry, vegetables and salad. Prepare a wide variety of delicious meals in class that show the versatility of these sauces and dressings. Then sit down to a shared lunch 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!

139 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

“Thank you for a wonderful day! I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the class and really appreciate all the lovely touches … the wine, the beautifully set table, the stroll in the garden. You are fantastic hosts. I look forward to seeing you again” Amanda McEachen

Fully Booked Private Group – Sunday 17 October – 10am to 3pm

Sylvia's Tasmanian Seafood Experience dish

Cooking sensational seafood is easier than you think.

BOOK NOW

Sensational Seafood Fabulous Fish (GF, LC, FOF)

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!

139 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

“Thanks Sylvia! It was a very enjoyable day. We had a great day. Thank you so much. Look forward to the next one.” Michelle Bean/Cristina Davidson

NEW  Friday 22 October – 10am to 3pm

Sylvia's Tarragon Honey Bread Rolls

The aroma of these freshly baked bread rolls is intoxicating!

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Bread Baking – Tarragon and Honey Bread Rolls with Lunch (VEG, FOF)

Master the skills in preparing and baking fresh bread rolls with a difference. These are not your ordinary bread rolls – these are Sylvia’s wonderfully fragrant Tarragon and Honey Bread Rolls, a recipe she developed during COVID 2020. Ideal for dinner dining with lashings of butter or to accompany a flavoursome soup. Learn some tips and techniques of yeast cookery and baking. Prepare Sylvia’s Rich Mushroom and Porcini Soup to enjoy at lunch with freshly baked bread rolls you baked in class. Ideal for vegetarians too. A beautiful baking class with a difference. Let’s get baking!

118 pp (all incl.) Includes Flour Mix pack to get you started

“Baking is a beautiful thing to do, it warms the cockles of one’s heart and the kitchen too.”

Places available – Saturday 23 October – 10am to 3pm

Spice up your cooking skills Chinese style.

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Cooking with Spices 1 – Chinese Dishes from the Orient Menu (GF, LC, FOF)

Spice up your cooking with a sweet-scented spice filled cooking experience and lunch. Learn about spices used in Chinese cuisine. Prepare easy authentic spice mixes from scratch that allow you to quickly turn simple meals into something stunning. Find out about the medicinal qualities of these foods and spices and the three basic aromatics that flavour stir-fries and cooking. Ideal for busy weeknight dishes with a difference or dinner with friends. Master skills and techniques Sylvia gained from cooking with Chef Cheong Liew OAM. Learn what to look for when buying spices and how to store them. Cook and share a stunning meal. Come and spice up your life Chinese style!

139 pp (all incl.)

“Thanks for a very pleasant cooking lesson and experience, really enjoyed the day and the broadening of my culinary horizons!! A truly scrumptious meal too.” Gordon Heazelwood

“It’s definitely a huge thank you to yourself. A lovely way to spend a day. Looking forward to the next.” Judith Brennan

Hurry 2 Places Left – Saturday 6 November – 10am to 3pm

Sylvia's Japanese Teriyaki Beef Steak

Enjoy a Japanese cooking experience with a difference.

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Japanese Home Cooking – Teriyaki Beef Grill and Glaze Menu (GF, LC, FOF & Umami)

Enjoy a fun 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 Sylvia’s Dashimaki Tamago (Japanese Rolled Omelet) and vegetable dish full of umami. Enjoy lunch of the dishes you cooked in class. Sip on Saké and find out 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 at home. An inspiring Japanese cooking experience with a difference. Oishii!

139 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

“Hi Sylvia. Thanks for sending through the photos of me during the class. They are a great reminder of the day. It really was an enjoyable day – I had a fun time. I will definitely book in for another cooking class! Thanks again Sylvia!” Deborah Taylor

Wednesday Evening Class – 10 November – 6pm to 9.30pm

A Perfect Gourmet Pizza

No more take-away or supermarket processed pizzas!

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Perfect Gourmet Pizzas (FOF)

Enjoy a relaxed and fun Pizza cooking experience with a difference! Cook pizzas like a real Italian. Then dine on your freshly prepared perfect pizzas. Learn about yeast cookery and how to prepare Sylvia’s easy pizza dough, using her special blend of Tasmanian Callington Mill flour. This dough will not just make one pizza, but six and can be frozen to have ready for quick pizza nights at home. 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 wine. Relax. Sit at the bench, watch and learn whilst Sylvia demonstrates how to prepare gourmet pizzas with a difference or join in if you wish. Sounds like fun? It is! No more take-away pizza. Buona!

135 pp (incl. Pizza Pack with Flour Mix to get you started)

“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

Places available – Saturday 13 November – 10am to 3pm

Easy Entertaining Menu - Sylvia's Kitchen Tas

Entertaining with ease.
Ideal for the festive season.

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Easy Entertaining at Home (GF, LC, FOF)

Learn a multicultural mix of delicious food ideal for easy entertaining. Influenced by a variety of cuisines including French, Moroccan, Spanish and Thai. Enjoy preparing a fabulous range of dishes including authentic Tapenade from Provence with a variety of Crudités, Kefta (Moroccan Spiced Lamb Meatballs) with Sylvia’s Preserved Lemon, Harissa Yoghurt Dressing, authentic Thai Stuffed Tomatoes with Spicy Ground Chicken and more. All these dishes are easy to prepare in advance so you can put your feet up with a glass of bubbles in hand and enjoy entertaining with ease. A fun filled and entertaining class!

139 pp (all incl.)

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

“We both really enjoyed the comfortable learning environment you’ve created, plus the lovely company and of course the DELICIOUS food! Thank you for opening your home to us and teaching us something new. You’ll definitely be seeing us again!” Dee and Scott

NEW  Sunday 14 November – 10am to 3.30pm

Colourful Rainbow Chard

Vegetarian Christmas Cooking
made easy!

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Vegetarian Christmas Cooking with a Difference Menu (VEG, FOF)

Enjoy an inspirational time learning to cook a sensational vegetarian menu inspired by fresh produce. These versatile vegetarian dishes are part of a stand-alone menu or can be included with other dishes for the festive season. You will learn to prepare Olive Oil Pastry to make Sylvia’s celebrated ‘Torta di Verdure’ followed by various dishes that make a mouth-watering menu for a Christmas with a difference. Master new cooking skills and how to easily incorporate vegetarian dishes for Christmas and beyond. Learn tips and techniques. Includes advice on food, wine and beverage matches. Come and be entertained and inspired.

150 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”

NEW  Saturday 27 November – 10am to 3.30pm

Christmas Cooking Class

A very special class. Christmas with a difference and without the fuss.

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Christmas Cooking with a Difference 2021 Menu (GF, FOF)

Learn how to enjoy stress free Christmas cooking with a versatile and flexible menu. Explore delicious alternatives to the traditional Christmas  meal. Immerse yourself in flavours inspired by Spanish, French and Italian cuisine. Enjoy cooking that doesn’t have you slaving away in the heat of the kitchen on this festive day. Sylvia will guide you through a beautiful menu that can be served plated or buffet style. Master new cooking skills and how to easily incorporate different culinary influences into your Christmas food. Sylvia will share dishes she cooked in her restaurants and catering. Learn tips and techniques. Includes advice on food, wine and beverage matches. Join in a very special class that will help you break the rut of Christmas cooking and liberate you, your family and friends to enjoy a seasonal Christmas with a Difference!

150 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. This is just what I wanted and as I expected, given all the previous classes I have attended. 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 and all the best for the coming year. Cheers for now.” Megan Russell

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 from Emilia Romagna (FOF)

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 in an artisan way. Cook delicious sauces to accompany your freshly made pasta. Share a lovely lunch after the class dining on the beautiful food you created with a glass of Italian wine. 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.

135 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

“Thank you! It was so much fun! I had a lovely time. The following Tuesday I bought the Marcato Atlas brand pasta machine (as you recommended) before the sale ended. Yesterday I made my first batch of pasta which was a success – not as perfect as when supervised by you but practice makes perfect. Dale x” Dale Meacham

NEW  For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Paella Rice for Sylvia's Paella

Authentic Paella is all about the rice!

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Paella – The Famous Rice Dish of Spain Menu (GF, FOF)

Sylvia’s Paella class is back! Popular the world over Paella is a great dish to share for either entertaining friends or feeding a hungry family. Learn how to create this world-renowned rice dish which heralds from Valencia and how to achieve the authentic golden crust called “socarrat“. Receive practical advice on fundamental ingredients, cooking techniques and kitchen equipment. Inspired by their time in Valencia you will prepare Sylvia’s authentically flavoured Paella using local Tasmanian ingredients including Tas-Saff saffron. Enjoy a shared lunch of the beautiful food you cook in class with a Moorish influenced salad and wash it down with a refreshing Spanish Sangria (not pre-prepared from a bottle). One of Sylvia’s popular classes since 2009. Whet your appetite and add to your Spanish cooking experiences. Salud!

139 pp (all incl.)

“Wow Sylvia! This class was fantastic! Absolutely loved it. Raving about it to family and friends. Thanks again Sylvia. Liz Howell XXXX”

“Thanks Sylvia – I thoroughly enjoyed the class. Always look forward to your classes. Cheers, Daryl Smith”

“Very interesting and delicious. You could see Sylvia loves Spanish food. Everything nicely documented, lists great. Very helpful and friendly. Great group. Thanks Sylvia. Marlene”

NEW  For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Sylvia's Golden Sticky Date Pecan Buns

You are going to love these!

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Bread Baking – Golden Sticky Date and Pecan Buns (VEG, FOF)

Warm the cockles of your heart and everyone else you bake these for. Deliciously Golden Sticky Date and Pecan Buns you can enjoy for your next morning or afternoon tea. Not too sweet but just right. These beautiful buns will definitely impress. Gain further skills in yeast cookery in this delightful class of just one of the recipes Sylvia developed during COVID 2020. Learn some tips and techniques of yeast cookery and baking. Come and enjoy a bake off and a cuppa or two!

99 pp (all incl.)

“Baking is a beautiful thing to do, it warms the cockles of one’s heart and the kitchen too.”

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

For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Moroccan Couscous

Perfect Autumn and Winter cooking.

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Moroccan Cooking – Chermoula Fish and Spiced Vegetable Couscous Menu (GF, VEG, FOF)

Immerse yourself in a beautifully fragrant Moroccan cooking experience! Learn how to prepare an authentic Chermoula fish dish and Morocco’s famous vegetable 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 – please advise at time of booking.

139 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

NEW  For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Truffles on Golden Plate

Truffle treat and artisan pasta experience not to be missed!

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Artisan Handmade Pasta with Tasmanian Truffles (FOF)

It’s Truffle Time! A very special cooking class held only during the truffle season. Indulge your senses in the beautiful tactile and sensory experience of making fresh pasta and cooking with Tamar Valley Truffles. Sylvia will share her wealth of experience and knowledge in preparing artisan handmade pasta from Emilia-Romagna that she has been making since she was a child. You will learn to prepare fresh Fettuccine and her utterly delicious Polpettine di Pollo al Tartufo (Italian chicken meatballs) flavoured with Tasmanian truffles. Start with Sylvia’s Truffle Taster so you can fully appreciate the fresh earthy fragrance and flavour of these ‘black diamonds’. Share lunch dining on the beautiful food you created with a glass of vintage Tasmanian wine. Come along for a very unique culinary experience!
This class can be booked as a small Private Group class during Winter. For details please Contact Sylvia

155 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

Handmade Pasta on Sylvia's Chitarra

Indulge you senses in a unique experience.

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Special Handmade Pasta from Emilia Romagna – Vegetarian (VEG, FOF)

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

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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 Workshop (GF, LC, FOF)

Good knife skills are a must! You cannot cook efficiently without good knife skills and they make cooking a breeze and pleasure. 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. Chop, dice and slice your way through fresh produce to create a variety of versatile dishes to share on the day. Learn essential and easy cooking techniques and tips. How to use a mortar and pestle effectively and how to carve. 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 professional knife sharpening for two knives.

129 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

For bookings please Contact Sylvia

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

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 cook in class. Discover regional specialities from Emilia-Romagna. These flatbreads are ideal fun holiday, weekend or everyday food! Fresh, Low Carb and suitable for Vegetarians too.

129 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

For Group Bookings (4 people) please Contact Sylvia

Sylvia's Seafood Dish with famous Romesco sauce

Grab your castanets and let’s dance in the kitchen!

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Spanish Cooking – Special Romesco Menu (GF, LC, FOF)

Enjoy a richly flavoursome Spanish cooking experience and shared lunch. You will learn about Spanish food, fundamental ingredients and cooking techniques. Learn how to prepare a traditional Romesco Sauce to drape over seafood, Sylvia’s Chicken with Chorizo and Red Wine casserole and a delicious Spanish vegetable dish. All of which you can easily prepare at home with local ingredients. These dishes are classic examples of the ‘down to earth’ flavours of Spanish cuisine. Share lunch with your fellow food lovers of the delicious dishes you cook in class with matching Spanish wine. Come and join us for a Spanish food experience that will surely inspire you to cook Spanish food at home. ¡Olé!

139 pp (all incl.)

“We had a Fantastic class. Thanks so much Sylvia. Helen and I had an absolutely fantastic time! Thanks for welcoming us into your home, it was great to hear your story. We will definitely try to come to more classes!” Aaron Hawkins and Helen Wilson

For Group Bookings (min. 4 people) please Contact Sylvia

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 (FOF)

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 Kitchen Garden Thai Ingredients

Ideal casual entertaining for summer and autumn.

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Thai Cooking – Fragrant Barbeque Menu (GF, FOF)

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

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

For bookings please Contact Sylvia

Grissini Italian Breadsticks

Make your own handmade Grissini.

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Grissini and Antipasti – Italian Bread Sticks (VEG, FOF)

Enjoy a pleasurable morning in the kitchen hand making Grissini, Italian bread sticks that Sylvia learnt to prepare when she was but a toddler cooking with her grandmother. Learn about the origins of these versatile and deliciously delicate and crunchy snacks. After the class relax and partake in an Antipasti Platter of fine Italian food. Buon appetito! 

99 pp (all incl.)

“Thanks for a wonderful day: lots of learning, laughs and great food. Loved it! Cheers Jo Archer”

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Sylvia's Frangipane Tart

Excellent pastry without the fuss.

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Pastry Sweet and Savoury – Baking Class (FOF)

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

125 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”

“Thank you Sylvia. Such a lovely way to spend a Saturday and to learn a new skill.” Judith Brennan

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Sylvia's Summer Tomatoes on Steve's Glass Platter

Cook from scratch with fresh summer garden produce. Gain gardening tips too.

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Flavours of the Season – Summer Vegetarian Dishes (VEG, FOF)

Emphasis is on fresh seasonal summer produce and how you can create delicious dishes quickly and easily. Relax and let Sylvia show you how to prepare her very easy Schiacciata, a seasonal Italian bread flavoured with cherry tomatoes and basil. Cook a variety of additional seasonal dishes to share at lunch using summer produce. Gain seasonal cooking tips, techniques and skills. Stroll among Sylvia’s edible garden and herb beds. Gain knowledge in effective garden design. Learn about our efficient compost management system and how to grow food in small spaces. Popular class since 2009. Suitable for vegetarians, gardeners who grow their own food and those wanting to get the best out of this season’s produce. 

135 pp (all incl.)

“Great learning environment, being taught by Sylvia who has a great wealth of knowledge and experience. I enjoyed an excellent cooking class and received very in depth written documents. Thank you sooo much for your mentoring, greatly appreciated. I will be back.” Judith Brennan

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Handmade Pasta Liguria

Treat yourself and a friend to a unique and fun experience.

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Handmade Pasta from Liguria (VEG, FOF)

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 very different to pasta from Emilia Romagna. This is the most sublime and silkiest pasta you will ever taste. Prepare artisan Basil Pesto using a large mortar and pestle. Cook authentic mouth watering sauces with seasonal garden produce to accompany your freshly made Ligurian pasta then share a traditional Italian lunch with Italian wine. Ideal for couples or a group of friends. Handmade pasta is one of Sylvia’s specialty classes since 2009. If you enjoyed the Handmade Pasta from Emilia-Romagna, you’ll love this one. Buon appetito!

135 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 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, FOF)

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 of dishes you cooked in class. There is no costly waste and you will have learnt valuable skills to last 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.

140 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

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, FOF)

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 (FOF, VEG)

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 (FOF)

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 a couple of lovebirds at an additional cost. Choose from any of the classes in the Cooking Class Timetable. Contact Sylvia for pricing and to book a mutually available date.