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Five of the best cooking classes in Sydney

Five of the best cooking classes in Sydney

Want to cook like a nonna? Here are five of the best cooking classes in Sydney - Italian style.

Five of the best cooking classes in Sydney

The best cooking classes in Sydney for Italian food

Fancy your hand at rolling out the perfect pasta or making perfectly cured salami? Get to one of these, possibly five of the best cooking classes in Sydney for authentic Italian-inspired food.

Cucina Italiana

Luciana Sampogna’s beautiful Heritage-listed grand Italian villa in Annandale doubles as the location for the Cucina Italiana Cooking School. Learn to ‘dance with the dough’ alongside lovely Luciana who can be found sending puffs of flour into the air during her Famous Long Lunches. Luciana is the author of Light of Lucia, part memoir part cookbook, and she may sign a copy for you if your pasta regionale fatta a mano passes muster.

Signorelli Gastronomia

The cooking program here is really hands-on and not for kitchen wimps. Signorelli specialises in corporate cooking classes where workmates bond during the course of making a meal and learn to work together as a team. Salami lovers should pencil in the Italian Salami Secrets Cooking Class where they will learn to produce an authentic perfectly cured salami.

Sydney Seafood School

Alessandro Pavoni, of Ormeggio at The Spit, seduces Italophiles at Sydney Seafood School with his contemporary take on Italian fare.  Although Pavoni is renowned for his innovative approach, this hands-on workshop also demonstrate his ties with tradition. Those in attendance will learn how to make: a crudo of New Zealand Alpine salmon;  spaghetti risottati in tomato water with tartare of scarlet prawns, ocean trout roe; and a pumpkin and burnt butter risotto with pan-fried mullet.

Salt Meats Cheese

Learn how to make magic with humble ingredients at a cooking class with Salt Meats Cheese. The SMC classes typically attract a mix of young couples, mothers and daughters, and passionate foodies. The founders of SMC are two cousins from Milan, Stefano de Blasi and Edoardo Perlo, and together the pair have sprouted SMC stores across NSW and Queensland. The classes are led by Sarah Krol and they are easy-going and relaxed and a lot of fun. Learning how to make fettucine, ravioli and tortellini is a bonus.

Casa Barilla Cooking School

The hospitality at Casa Barilla Cooking School is as warm as a hug from nonna. Led by executive chef Andrea Tranchero, the classes are informative and interactive and lead participants on a colourful culinary journey through Italy. Obviously Barilla is behind the brand so it’s the sauces you pair with dried pasta that will be perfecting. Try your hand at classics such as pesto bruschetta, casarecce alla Norma, rigatoni with broad beans, sausage and tomato. The class includes cocktails and antipasto on arrival and a goodie bag to take home.

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