The rich flavors and soothing textures of Sicilian cuisine are in the spotlight in this cooking class from Chef Vinutha. She'll open your eyes to the skills required to create a traditional spread that's sure to satisfy. Your lesson includes a festive fennel and orange salad and two pasta dishes made from scratch: cavati alla norma with eggplant and ricotta and ravioli all'arancia with oranges and sun-dried tomatoes. Finish up the course with a classic Italian dessert of crunchy cookies and espresso.
Insalata di Finocchi e Arance
With fennel bulb, oranges, red onion, olives and pumpkin seeds
Cavati Alla Norma
With garlic, tomatoes, basil, eggplant and salted ricotta
With ricotta, oranges, olives, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and Parmesan
Amaretti Cookies and Espresso
With egg whites, almond flour, sugar, icing sugar and almond slices
I've had the good fortune to take Chef Vinutha's virtual South Indian cooking classes and I can attest to learning a great deal of not only the process of following a recipe and making the dish but also the why behind using certain ingredients and the cultural importance of food in a South Indian milieu. Chef Vinutha has exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. She is a natural teacher and makes even the most difficult technique understandable to the newbie cook. She expresses ideas and processes clearly in a very precise and orderly fashion. She is passionate about her cooking and her culinary expertise encompasses many other ethnic foods. Her recipe and menu designs are both traditional and innovative and highlight her creative approach to every meal she prepares. I look forward to future classes with her.
With roles as line chef, event sales specialist and service associate, Chef Vinutha has created an eclectic career in the culinary industry. She holds a special passion for pairing food and wine and loves creating Indian, Italian, Thai and Lebanese dishes for her friends and family to enjoy. When she isn't teaching, Chef Vinutha is busy creating her own catering company and broadcasting videos celebrating the cuisine of South India on her YouTube channel.