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the cooking school & farm


The Cooking School & Farm will permanently close to the public on 1 May 2021.

After 12 years of holding cooking experiences in our home it is time for our little family to fully enjoy this little piece of paradise as our private residence. 

However, the GOOD news is that we shall open our NEW Cooking School & Kitchen Garden within the same building as our existing restaurant just down the road in New Norfolk.  This is expected to open in early 2022.

If you have a valid Cooking School gift certificate or credit with us and are unable to redeem this before 30 April 2021 they will be honoured once the new Cooking School opens even if they have expired.

View our Class Calendar for classes scheduled between January 2021 and 30 April 2021.


The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School & Farm offers paddock-to-plate cooking experiences in a 19th century schoolhouse at Lachlan, 45 minutes from Hobart in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, Australia.

The Agrarian Kitchen was established by Rodney Dunn and his wife, Séverine Demanet who moved from Sydney to Tasmania in July 2007 to transform the schoolhouse into Tasmania’s first hands-on, farm-based cooking school. Cooking classes commenced in November 2008.


Set on five acres, The Agrarian Kitchen is a working farm and incorporates an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden, all grown using organic principles. Also in residence are rare-breed Wessex Saddleback and Berkshire pigs, Barnevelder chickens a flock of geese and honeybees.

The Agrarian Kitchen grows and uses heirloom varieties of fruit, vegetables and rare breed animals in its cooking classes and also sources ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and artisan producers.

Cooking classes are led by Rodney Dunn, 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.

In June 2017, Rodney and Séverine opened The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery located 7 minutes down the road in New Norfolk.