Ready with the Pasta? Exeter Cookery School to host Authentic Italian Cookery Masterclasses with Valentina Harris, TV Chef, Cookery Book Writer & Accomplished Tutor.

Devon is set to receive a series of visits from the ‘queen’… the queen of pasta, risottos, and authentic Italian cooking, that is! The acclaimed TV chef, regional cookery book author and Italian cookery tutor, Valentina Harris, has announced that she will be bringing her popular cookery classes to Exeter Cookery School. She will start with a series of six authentic one day Italian cookery masterclasses on 20 & 21 July, 10 & 11 August, and 28 & 29 September, followed by two Edible Christmas gift-making courses on 16 and 17 November.


Covering a range of authentic Italian cooking styles and techniques, from basic and advanced pasta making to how to cook the perfect risotto and gnocchi, 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. As well as the techniques-based classes, Valentina will be introducing Italy’s many regional specialities with her series of Italian Feasts: Sicilian (21 July); Tuscan (11 August) and Venetian (29 September). Jim Fisher, Head Chef and Co-owner of Exeter Cookery School says: “We are delighted that Valentina has chosen Exeter Cookery School to host these special events. Having grown up in Italy with an English Father, it is no wonder she is such a well-respected authority on Italian food and food culture. She is every bit as lovely as her on-screen persona, so we think our guests are in for a real foodie treat.”


The first of these mouthwatering masterclasses will run over the weekend of 20 and 21 July. On 20 July, Valentina will be treating guests to a hands-on pasta-making masterclass, teaching all about the different types of dough and myriad shapes to a vast array of seasonal pasta sauces on her much-loved Pasta, Pasta, Pasta course. This will be followed on Sunday 21 July with Valentina taking guests on a culinary exploration of Sicilian cuisine. A Sicilian Feast with Valentina will include a hands-on experience making typical Sicilian dishes such as Sfincuni (a Sicilian onion and tomato pizza), Polpettine di Melanzane (aubergine patties), and Linguine al Pesto Trapanese (linguine with pesto Trapanese).


On 10 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 28 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 29 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


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, visit or call Natalie on 07843 282371.




Exeter Cookery School, located at the heart of the city’s historic and picturesque quayside area, offers a full range of fun and friendly, hands-on cookery courses. Whether you want to learn the art of making perfect pastry or spun sugar shapes or would like to discover new cooking skills – from cooking fish or meat to baking bread or making classic desserts – Exeter Cookery School has something to suit every taste and skill level. With a firm focus on having fun with food and cooking with the region’s finest produce, Exeter Cookery School is now in its third year of operation. As well as the core cookery courses that Jim and Lucy brought with them from Cook in France, the couple have expanded their team and now offer cookery courses from global cuisines such as Mexican or Vietnamese street food to Japanese sushi making, and even cookery classes for children from the age of nine and up.

For a full list of Exeter Cookery School’s courses, visit