A few weekends ago, I was invited to attend a cooking class at the Barilla Casa Cooking School in Annandale. I’m always up for a cooking challenge, and this class specifically focused on their gluten free pasta range, so it was something completely new for me too.
When we arrived, we were welcomed with an aperitivo of Prosecco and a gluten free cake to begin with. Coffee was also on the cards for those that needed a little spruce before the cooking began. We made our way upstairs, donned ourselves with Barilla aprons (which you get to take home), and met chef Andrea Tranchero who runs the cooking classes at Barilla. With an impressive resume, and having worked in many restaurants across the world, we were in good hands for the morning. We learnt how to cook two dishes, the first using the Gluten Free Barilla Elbow pasta with Tiger Prawns, Broccoli and Ricotta Sauce, cooked risotto style. The second was the Gluten Free Barilla Spaghetti with Chicken, Cherry Tomatoes and Pesto Genovese. I was actually amazed that the texture and taste of the gluten free pasta was exactly like that of normal pasta. I am not gluten intolerant myself, but I would happily eat this any day.
Each hands-on class is intimate, with only 16 people, and interactive so you learn, and cook and then of course, you eat! Wine is also served to enjoy with your meal & we also received a Barilla goodie bag to take home. Below are some photos from the class, and I also brought my new GoPro along and put a little time lapse video together. I will caveat this now – the quality is not great and extremely jumpy. I need a 101 lesson for GoPro basics :).
To find out more information on the classes, click here!