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Join renowned Brazilian chef Yara Castro Roberts and retired French/American executive Richard Roberts to prepare and enjoy together a refined Brazilian dinner with the best of Brazilian cuisine. The menus are from six regional and historical...more
Rua Dona Geralda 288 | Centro Historico, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I love learning about food and so make a habit of doing a cooking class where possible when on holiday. There are two differences with Richard and Yara’s - first of all their explanation of the links between cuisine, culture and history, which really adds...More
I don’t write many reviews – only when the venue excelled, or when the venue disappointed. Unfortunately, it is the latter that prompts this review.
Rather than a cooking class, the experience was directed more at the cultural and historical perspective of Brazil instead of...More
I was very excited to learn a perfect menu to take to an event that we have every year in May in Michigan in my husband's winery. The menus were offered and I chose Amazonas 1 for being different and curious. I specified to Yara...More
Date of experience: December 2018
rbr11, Owner at Academy of Cooking and Other Pleasures, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2019
Our guest has written quite a detailed piece on her experience so we will respond in corresponding detail first regarding her comments on behavior and then on food.
At our dinners we normally spend a little time at table giving an overview of the evolution...More
This was our second visit to have dinner with Richard and Yara. It was outstanding food. We dined with a couple from Denmark and a Brazilian lady. We were entertained by hearing Richard and Yara’s history as well as the history of Brasil and it’s...More
Had a wonderfully entertaining evening with Yara and Richard. As someone has said in another review, this is more like an evening with new friends than a formal cookery class. After learning how to make the perfect caipirinha (and which cachaça you should take home...More
This was a unique experience however its less about learning to cook and more about learning about the history of Brazil and the food in general. Sure Yara and Richard were great hosts and we shared a 5 hour dining experience with them but we...More
Date of experience: February 2018
rbr11, Owner at Academy of Cooking and Other Pleasures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018
First thank you for taking the time to send in your thoughts. Glad you enjoyed the evening.
Re. your "only cooked for about 30 minutes" comment. That's off by a factor of at least two. We make three different recipes; appetizer, entrée and desert. Some...More
We had an interesting and lively evening with Yara and Richard. So nice to be in their lovely house in Paraty, learning so much about Brazil and cooking a meal all at the same time. They are really welcoming and interested in their guests. We...More
You go to this "cooking school" in the home of Yara and Richard. It is in their home. The first hour and a half is spent by them teaching the "food culture" and history of the country. Just fascinating. Then Yara teaches you how to...More
A friendly welcome upon arrival and non-stop interesting conversation with Brazil at it's heart. What more could you ask for? Oh yes it's a cooking class so you'll be happy to know that you'll be educated in the food and drink that you help prepare...More
What a wonderful conclusion to our holiday in Brazil. Spending the evening with Richard and Yara has been a highlight. Wonderful and warm hosts who go out of their way to make you feel welcome in their beautiful home. After helping prepare the meal under...More