Masterclass - Masterclass: Plant Based Regional Italian

Masterclass: Plant Based Regional Italian

Date and Time

Saturday 8th June 2024

11:00am - 3:00pm




Liberty Hall - Made in Hackney, 128 Clapton Common London E5 9AA

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The Event

🍝 Exploring Italian Cuisine: A Culinary Journey

Join us for an unforgettable culinary experience as we embark on a journey through the rich and diverse flavors of Italian cuisine. In this immersive cookery class, you'll learn the art of crafting traditional Italian dishes with a modern twist.

Menu Highlights

Pizzoccheri della Valtellina: Discover the secrets of this hearty mountain dish made with buckwheat pasta, creamy béchamel, potatoes, and cabbage. Perfect for warming up on chilly evenings!

Arancine alla Norma: Transport yourself to the streets of Sicily with these delightful rice balls filled with aubergine sauce, a true taste of Mediterranean indulgence.

Polpette with Tofu and Mushroom: Experience the flavors of Campania with a vegan twist! Learn how to create perfectly seasoned meatballs using tofu and mushrooms, a healthier alternative bursting with flavor.

Salame di Cioccolato: Indulge your sweet tooth with this simple yet irresistible Sicilian dessert. Made with chocolate and a handful of pantry staples, it's a delightful treat for any occasion.

👩‍🍳 What to Expect

  • Expert guidance from our experienced chef Mauro, who will share insider tips and techniques for mastering each dish.
  • Hands-on cooking experience in a fun and supportive environment.
  • Tasting and enjoying the fruits of your labor as you savor the delicious creations together with fellow food enthusiasts.

Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot today for an unforgettable culinary adventure!

Buon Appetito!🍽️‏‏

About Mauro Strumendo

Mauro, a passionate Italian with over a decade of residency in London, has immersed himself in a global exploration of diverse cuisines. His journey began in 2012, working in various London restaurants, where he not only honed his skills in Italian cuisine but also delved into the intricacies of French and British culinary traditions.

In 2016, Mauro's horizons expanded further during a trip to Indonesia, where he discovered exotic ingredients like tempeh and galangal. This experience ignited his curiosity for international flavors.

A pivotal moment came in 2018 when Mauro had the privilege of apprenticing under renowned vegetarian chef Malu’ Simoes da Cunha at Montali Country House near Perugia, Italy. Malu's fusion of Italian, Brazilian, and Asian influences exposed Mauro to a world of plant-based culinary delights, from handmade sushi to freshly crafted seitan and tofu.

Eager to delve deeper into vegetarian cuisine, Mauro embarked on a transformative journey to India, where he spent a month in Mysore under the mentorship of Sandhya. Immersed in the vibrant tapestry of Indian culture, Mauro learned traditional cooking techniques, from preparing paneer to mastering the art of chapati and dosa. He also delved into Ayurvedic principles, understanding how food can nourish and heal the body according to one's dosha.

In 2019, Mauro ventured to South Africa, where he embraced a vegan cook role at the Vervet Monkey Sanctuary. Here, amidst the compassionate care of rescued monkeys, Mauro shared his culinary expertise, bringing comfort and nourishment to staff and volunteers alike.

Since returning from South Africa, Mauro has shared his culinary talents at yoga retreats and cooking classes in London. Currently pursuing a degree in Food and Consumer Science at Abertay University, Mauro is dedicated to expanding his knowledge and expertise in the culinary arts.


When you buy a Made In Hackney cookery class you enjoy an enriching culinary experience and help us fight hunger in our community.

Refunds/transfers: Please understand our charity needs time to resell your tickets as we rely heavily on the income generated by our fundraising classes. We require a minimum of 14 days' notice for any cancellations or transfers once you have booked onto a class. You are also welcome to give your ticket to a friend or family member in case of last minute illness (just email to let us know).

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Note: This is a fundraising class and the proceeds help us fight hunger in our community. At Made In Hackney we believe access to good food is a human right - not a privilege. If you would like to learn more about our work, please click here.

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