The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable farm-based cooking school situated in a 19th century schoolhouse at Lachlan, 45 minutes from Hobart in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.
The Agrarian Kitchen was established by Rodney Dunn and his wife Séverine who moved from Sydney to Tasmania to transform the schoolhouse into Tasmania’s first hands-on, farm-based cooking school.
Paddock to the plate cooking classes commenced in January 2009 and are led by Rodney, former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to Australian Chef Tetsuya Wakuda, as well as a supporting cast of Tasmanian cooks and producers.
The Agrarian Kitchen totally organic and is spread over five acres, incorporating an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden. Also in residence are rare-breed Wessex saddleback and Berkshire pigs, Barnevelder chickens, British Alpine and Toggenburg goats, a flock of geese and honeybees.
Here’s a link to the official website and lots more information - theagrariankitchen.com. You can order The Agrarian Kitchen cookbook from the website and check out some nice little videos where Rodney takes you into the garden to prepare a number of dishes from scratch including Pumpkin Potato & Walnut Gratin, Braised Chicken with Herb Dumplings, Heirloom Tomato Soup with Basil Pesto, Zucchini Omelette with Goats Cheese & Wessex Saddleback Pancetta. Dare we say Rodney's Kitchen Rules!
And, of course, for all your accommodation needs and a warm Tasmanian welcome there's Rydges Hobart.