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Delightful Evening

This was our second visit to have dinner with Richard and Yara. It was outstanding food. We dined... read more

Reviewed July 18, 2018
Carol B
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Wonderful evening in Paraty

Had a wonderfully entertaining evening with Yara and Richard. As someone has said in another... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2018
London, United Kingdom
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Join renowned Brazilian chef Yara Castro Roberts and retired French/American executive Richard Roberts to prepare and enjoy together a refined Brazilian dinner with the best of Brazilian cuisine. The menus are from six regional and historical...more
Rua Dona Geralda 288 | Centro Historico, Paraty, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don’t write many reviews – only when the venue excelled, or when the venue disappointed. Unfortunately, it is the latter that prompts this review. Rather than a cooking class, the experience was directed more at the cultural and historical perspective of Brazil instead of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was very excited to learn a perfect menu to take to an event that we have every year in May in Michigan in my husband's winery. The menus were offered and I chose Amazonas 1 for being different and curious. I specified to Yara...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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rbr11, Owner at Academy of Cooking and Other Pleasures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our guest has written quite a detailed piece on her experience so we will respond in corresponding detail first regarding her comments on behavior and then on food. At our dinners we normally spend a little time at table giving an overview of the evolution...More

Reviewed July 18, 2018 via mobile

This was our second visit to have dinner with Richard and Yara. It was outstanding food. We dined with a couple from Denmark and a Brazilian lady. We were entertained by hearing Richard and Yara’s history as well as the history of Brasil and it’s...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Carol B
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderfully entertaining evening with Yara and Richard. As someone has said in another review, this is more like an evening with new friends than a formal cookery class. After learning how to make the perfect caipirinha (and which cachaça you should take home...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank MikeA_London_UK
Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

This was a unique experience however its less about learning to cook and more about learning about the history of Brazil and the food in general. Sure Yara and Richard were great hosts and we shared a 5 hour dining experience with them but we...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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rbr11, Owner at Academy of Cooking and Other Pleasures, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2018

First thank you for taking the time to send in your thoughts. Glad you enjoyed the evening. Re. your "only cooked for about 30 minutes" comment. That's off by a factor of at least two. We make three different recipes; appetizer, entrée and desert. Some...More

Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

We had an interesting and lively evening with Yara and Richard. So nice to be in their lovely house in Paraty, learning so much about Brazil and cooking a meal all at the same time. They are really welcoming and interested in their guests. We...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed April 30, 2017

You go to this "cooking school" in the home of Yara and Richard. It is in their home. The first hour and a half is spent by them teaching the "food culture" and history of the country. Just fascinating. Then Yara teaches you how to...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank Rick_Sue1969
Reviewed March 7, 2017

A friendly welcome upon arrival and non-stop interesting conversation with Brazil at it's heart. What more could you ask for? Oh yes it's a cooking class so you'll be happy to know that you'll be educated in the food and drink that you help prepare...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank tommyb079
Reviewed February 22, 2017

What a wonderful conclusion to our holiday in Brazil. Spending the evening with Richard and Yara has been a highlight. Wonderful and warm hosts who go out of their way to make you feel welcome in their beautiful home. After helping prepare the meal under...More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank Sally B
Reviewed February 9, 2017 via mobile

We did the dinner demonstration and had a lovely time. Yara and Richard were wonderful hosts, very friendly, interesting and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and we learnt lots of tips we will take home. We also learnt lots of interesting tidbits about Brazil and...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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