Fine Tune your Culinary Skills at the Agrarian Kitchen
Established when the couple moved from Sydney in 2007, the Agrarian Kitchen has been teaching visitors and locals alike how to harness their inner chef within their beautifully set home for years. The concept itself was born from a yearning to connect back to the earth and to grow and cook authentic food with organic ingredients. Dunn and Demanet have welcomed guests from around the world to share in this experience; from top chefs to even the most inexperienced cooks - the Agrarian Kitchen is a place where anyone can take something beautiful away.
Set on an extraordinary five acres, the kitchen offers cooking classes with a breathtaking view of the property which is also a working farm. The land incorporates an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden which are all grown using Dunn and Demanet’s organic principles. Although, the highlight for most visitors are the farm animals. Dunn and Demanet share their land with rare-breed Wessex Saddleback and Berkshire pigs, Barnevelder chickens, milking goats, honeybees and a gaggle of geese. If you’re lucky enough you may even catch a glimpse of some piglets which promise to make your heart melt and your eyes well up with tears from sheer adorability.
Before you commence your class you’ll pop on your gumboots and head out to be treated to an envy inducing tour of the farm. You’ll roam through the property tasting and gathering the freshest produce imaginable, all to incorporate into your dishes with Dunn later on. Be sure while strolling through to ask as many questions as you can; Dunn’s mind is a treasure trove of culinary information ripe for the picking!
Soon after you’ll head back to the impressive kitchen to begin your class led by Dunn himself who - to add further esteem - is a former Food Editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to Australian chef, Tetsuya Wakuda. Dunn answers all queries and teaches in a way that is truly remarkable; no question is too simple, no task is too complicated.
Dunn, along with being an awe-inspiring cook also has a keen set of ears for music. Ask him to put on his cooking playlist and let yourself get carried away, chopping and frying up heirloom vegetables to the beat. You’ll be guided through each dish, step-by-step in the communal cooking area, with Dunn jumping in and helping out if need be; you’re truly guaranteed to create something marvellous.
Even after you are finished cooking, the unique experience of this special establishment carries on. Your stunning dishes will be matched with wine that best compliments the intricate tastes you’ve created. You will then take your gourmet creations into the quaint dining space and feast together with the rest of your cooking partners because - as Rodney himself often states - good food is better shared.
Cooking classes at the Agrarian Kitchen are perfectly intimate offering space for only ten and are made to give you a perfect outlet to explore and develop your culinarian dreams. There are many different classes available to partake in, each honing in on teaching specific skills and techniques. The Agrarian Kitchen is truly a special place and offers something for absolutely everyone.
The Agrarian Kitchen is a must do for all foodie fanatics with a keen interest in refining their culinary skillsets. We can guarantee that as soon as you arrive, you’ll start thinking of ways to slip out of your life back home to live in perfect harmony with Rodney and Severine where you can keep cooking, learning and eating for the rest of your days... If only life could be so perfect!