|Rodney and Severine and their son in the Agrarian Kitchen.|
Photo: Amanda McLauchlan.
The sustainable farm-based Agrarian Kitchen was established in the old Lachlan State School in 2007 when Rodney Dunn and his wife Severine moved from Sydney to create Tasmania’s first hands-on, farm-based cooking school.
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 pigs, chickens, milking goats, beehives, geese, ducks and guinea fowl.
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. The cooking classes are led by Rodney Dunn, former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and one-time apprentice to chef Tetsuya Wakuda. The school also has a "supporting cast" of Tasmanian cooks and producers.
Rodney and Severine and The Agrarian Kitchen have already featured on several television programs but this will be the first series based solely at the cooking school. The TV series will be made in an observational documentary style covering all aspects of life on the farm and in the classes. The Digital Suite says this is not just another cooking show but a program about real food and how important it is in our lives.
The producers are searching for people interested in appearing in the pilot episode. Participants will need to make themselves available for a full day of filming at a date yet to be confirmed. If you have an interest in all the good things in life and want to witness the new food revolution in action, contact Dan Broun at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
Congratulations to Rodney and Severine.
- Gourmet Traveller's tour of the Agrarian Kitchen video here