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The Village Cooks is a newly renovated, intimate cooking studio located in the Southern burbs of Sydney dedicated to sharing the art of good food.

About the cooking studio.

Located in the Sylvania, just 25kms south of Sydney, The Village Cooks is a cosy space, recently renovated to cater to small intimate cooking classes and workshops.

Cooking classes

Our classes are designed to be small (between 4-6 people*) allowing for a more personalised experience. All classes are interactive and hands on, where we eat the food we make.  

The latest efficient kitchen equipment has been installed to assist in the smooth running of classes; with two Miele wall ovens, and one large freestanding Ilve electric oven with gas stove top.

Costs per class vary depending on the class.

Inclusive of cost is:

  • Morning tea on arrival (baked treats, coffee, tea, drinks).
  • All ingredients required for class.
  • Use of all equipment.
  • Refreshments throughout.
  • One-on-one tuition.
  • Take away typed-up notes & recipe.

Classes and workshops vary from baking, to pastry making, to handmade pasta, to preserving, to seasonal home-style cooking! All classes and workshops are heavily influenced by Angela’s Italian heritage, and her love of baking.

See upcoming classes.

Regional Italian Workshops in 2018

Commencing in 2018 there will be a series of Italian Regional Workshops, where Angela, along with her Italian family & friends (both cooks & chefs), will deliver authentic recipes from their regions of Italy.

In addition, Angela will be bringing Mercato e Pranzo (Market & Lunch) workshops where the class participants meet at a Growers Market, purchase fresh seasonal ingredients, and return to The Village Cooks to all prepare lunch, and then share in a glorious feast.

*Please note: Classes will not be held if there are fewer than 4 participants, and in this case, your money will be refunded or transferred to another class at your discretion. Classes are non-refundable, however if 48hours (2 full days) notice is given, a credit will be given to attend a future class. Read our full Terms & Conditions

Kitchen for hire

Our newly renovated kitchen is perfect for those looking for a space to hold a workshop, teach a small group to cook or bake; an location space to style and photograph or film food segments; or to simply utilise a peaceful kitchen to create & experiment your own recipes.

More about hiring out kitchen.

Culinary consultation

The village cooks founder, Angela Palermo is an accomplished pastry chef, cook & recipe writer. She brings her wealth of knowledge to the table offering food consultation service including developing menu’s and recipes along with providing product reviews.

More about our consulting services.

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About the Founder.

About Angela Palermo - The Village Cooks Founder Growing up in an Italian family has certainly provided Angela with an appreciation for seasonal, fresh and simple food.

A trained pastry chef, cook, recipe writer, food blogger, and mum of two – Angela has taken on the additional role of facilitator for the cooking studio – The Village Cooks.

She brings all her knowledge, skills, and passion to her classes and workshops, and in addition, will share this space with her many talented family and friends; both chefs & cooks, who too, will share their love for the art of good food!

Angela’s story

My parents haled from the south of Italy, Calabria, and both were raised living off the land. They grew their own vegetables, collected drinking water from nearby springs, preserved their homegrown fruits & vegetables, made their own olive oil, wine, and bottled tomato sugo & salami. They had chickens that produced daily eggs, goats that provided fresh milk, pigs for salami, as well as ducks and rabbits; farm to plate style. They also baked their own bread and pizza in large wood ovens.

A little of this they brought with them when migrated to Australia in the 1960’s. Like many other Italians, Dad had a large vegetable patch in our back yard. He grew grape vines, chickens, fruit trees, and an endless array of vegetables. Traditions continued with the yearly making of La Salsa; bottled tomato sauce, and Dad even continued to make his own wine.  All combined, along with my two siblings and parents, we grew eating traditional Italian fare; simple, fresh, seasonal food.  I now wish to share this with all in The Village Cooks!

My love affair with rustic Italian sweets, drove me to pursue a career in la cucina pasticceria; the pastry kitchen. It drove me to undertake & complete my Retail Baking & Pastry Certificate with distinction at Ultimo Tafe, Sydney.

I gained employment as a baker at Manna From Heaven, Marrickville and worked there for three years. Additionally, I gained experience in the pastry industry working at various well-known Sydney Patisseries such as Marineve Pasticceria in Five Dock, Café Sopra, Waterloo, and Yellow Bistro, Potts Point.

I wish to share this knowledge and experience, along with my continued love of reading, learning & experimenting from my large collection of cookbooks, food magazines, & recipes. I wish to share this with all the village cooks.

Photography by Angela Palermo

Contributing Photography by Laura Reid Photography