Italian Cookery Masterclasses with Valentina Harris

Exeter Cookery School, 60a Haven Road, Quayside, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8DP

Tel: 07843 282371

Renowned TV chef and author, Valentina Harris will be hosting a series of one day courses at Exeter Cookery Course


The acclaimed TV chef, cookery book author and Italian cookery tutor, Valentina Harris, is hosting her popular cookery classes at Exeter Cookery School. She will start with a series of authentic one day Italian cookery masterclasses…

Saturday 10th August: Risotto & Gnocchi
Sunday 11th August: A Tuscan Feast
Saturday 28th September: Advanced Pasta Making
Sunday 29th September: A Venetian Feast
Saturday 16th November: Savoury Edible Christmas Gifts
Sunday 17th November: Sweet Edible Christmas Gifts

These sociable, day-long courses promise to be fast-paced and a lot of fun. Each course will culminate in participants coming together to enjoy the fruits of their labour and celebrate the fabulous food they have created.

On 10th August, Valentina will be equipping participants with the confidence and skills to create a selection of silky risottos and delicious gnocchi on her rice and gnocchi masterclass. Then, on 11th August, the authentic rustic, earthy flavours of Tuscan cuisine are set to come to Exeter Cookery School, as Valentina teaches guests how to prepare a Tuscan Feast. Think holidays in Florence and Sienna, with popular classic dishes, such as Melanzane Alla Parmigiana and Florentine Roast Pork with authentic accompaniments, as well as some lesser known local specialities such as Zuccotto, a traditional Tuscan chocolate and cream pudding.

On 28th September, Valentina will return to the subject of pasta and accompanying sauces on her Advanced Pasta Masterclass. This course is perfect for anyone who is already adept at creating delicious home-made pasta from scratch but would like to learn more advanced techniques, including making squid ink pasta, Tortelloni and Rotolo Di Pasta Con Spinaci E Ricotta (a spinach and ricotta pasta roll). On Sunday 29th September, Valentina will transport Exeter Cookery School guests to Northern Italy with A Venetian Feast. Thanks to Venice's unique geographical setting, venetian cuisine is rich with fish, seafood, wild game and the multitude of different types of vegetables that grow in this verdant region of Italy.
Valentina will then return to Devon in November to delight foodies with her edible Christmas Gifts courses. On Saturday 16th November, she will regale guests with tales of an Italian Christmas, while creating a selection of savoury treats, including grissini and home-made walnut pesto and Taralli Toscani All'Anice – Tuscan aniseed and olive biscuits. On Sunday 17th November, she will be focussing on sweet treats, such as Panforte – Tuscan candied fruit and nut Christmas sweetmeat – and Panpepato – a spiced Umbrian Christmas Cake. Participants should expect lots of fun and laughter, and to leave with some beautifully wrapped edible Christmas gifts to give loved ones at Christmas.

Every one of Valentina's courses has a distinct and unique style, but all focus on teaching participants all about the fabulous flavours and artisan techniques needed to recreate an authentic taste of Italy in your own kitchen. They will also be filled with tales of growing up in Italy and passion for Italian cuisine.

All of Valentina's courses at Exeter Cookery School are priced at £155 per person per day. Discounts for booking multiple courses are available on request.

For further information about Valentina and to book please visit or call Natalie on 07843 282371.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£155.00 per ticket
Concession£139.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



Road Directions

Exeter Cookery School is located at 60a Haven Road, next door to AS Watersports and within easy walking distance of nearby car parks as well as transport links. Take the turning off Alphington Road opposite Riverside Leisure Centre into Haven Road, then take first left to stay on Haven Road. Pass the Quay Climbing Centre on your right and Exeter Cookery School is located on your left next to Exeter Canal. There is a pedestrian exit from the Haven Banks Council Car Parks 1, 2 & 3 which will bring you out opposite the back of our building. Take the passage way to the left of the building and enter via our main entrance on the canal side.

Public Transport Directions

Exeter Cookery School is easily accessed via public transport. As well as being close to major bus routes, the cookery school is a 10-minute walk from Exeter St Thomas train station and 26-minute walk from Exeter St David's train station (or short taxi ride).

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