I was lucky enough to return to another masterclass held by Casa Barilla at Annandale and Chef Deb Carr from Sydney Chic was there to ensure I don’t cause a fire with my cooking.
The morning started with beautiful piece of cake a light prosecco cocktail, mingling with other budding chefs waiting to earn some Italian cooking techniques from Chef Andrea and Chef Angelo.
Exec Chef Andrea leads the culinary masterclass and takes you on a journey through Italy’s different regions and styles of cooking. With 16 people attending each class, everyone has the opportunity to participate and create a signature dish. On our bench, we had a mother daughter team – Claudia Rigby from Clauds Cookery is an aspiring baker and fellow foodie.
These two chefs are a brilliant duo, not quite the Swedish Chef from the muppet (which is more what I look like when cooking). With the constant light banter it was very entertaining.
A rendezvous in the Riviera
First off, an “easy” Sfarinata chickpea pancake with cheese served with cod fish mousse and taggiashe olives. The preparation of the meals was split into pair, so Deb and I were in charge of making the cod fish mousse and Rigby family took on the chickpeas pancake.
As we all got on creating our dishes, it was great to have a chat fellow teammates and take some photos. I was amaze you could make a pancake (more like a crepe) made out of chickpeas, though I felt that the cod fish was a bit salty for my liking.
Next, a Linguine pasta with prawns, pesto genovese, potatoes and green beans. This was the dish I was looking forward to eating, it felt like the traditional Italian food was I waiting for. Perhaps the salt and pesto sauce was to lightly sprinkled, but we all had fun making the dish. Well, I kinda stop and took photos and Instastories during the time. Clearly the ladies had it all under control.
Finally, we enjoyed a light mini gelato cone to end the cooking class.
For $90 per person it is a great value course to experience. Think about it, Prosecco and a bite on arrival, all food prepared is what you eat with a glass of wine per meal and generous goodie bag to take home. Barilla is pasta and they offer a range of shapes, long, short, filled to whole grain, gluten free and regular.
Thanks to Casa Barilla for the invitation to attend and enjoy a fun day and meeting new people.
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