Welcome to Sylvia’s Kitchen


Cooking Classes in Launceston, Tasmania

Do you find cooking a chore?  Need help with the fundamentals?
Do you eat too much processed food or take away?
Would like some inspiration?  Want to entertain with cuisines of the world?
You’ve come to the right place.
Sylvia can help you achieve your cooking goals whatever they may be.

Learn life-long and life changing food and cooking skills
gain confidence and inspiration that are personally satisfying and
improve your life to a whole new level of good health, enjoyment and happiness!

Sylvia’s Kitchen Tasmania is based in the riverside city of Launceston in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania, Australia and specialises in unique artisan-style Hands-on Cooking Classes and Tasmanian Food Experiences by Sylvia Devlin who is a creative self-taught Chef with nearly 30 years experience, Qualified Food and Wine Tutor, Writer, Gardener and ‘Culinary Alchemist’ with a love of food and cooking since she was a little girl.

Sylvia is passionate about inspiring and empowering you to cook and eat well using fresh local seasonal produce. She will also connect you to the source of that produce and to the people who produce it in an enjoyable memorable good food experience. She will help you prepare fabulous food by teaching you practical skills and advice that will last you a lifetime.

Her unique ability to embrace and communicate many different cultural influences in food and cooking has enabled her over many years to teach, inspire and share with you dishes from the simplest right through to cuisines of the world.

Whether you want to learn Back to Basics fundamentals of food, Cooking with the Seasons, Pasta, Risotto or any one of her International Cuisines Sylvia is qualified and passionate about personally guiding and mentoring you to achieve your cooking goals.

Her quality recipe demonstrations and comprehensive hands-on tuition will empower you to achieve delicious meals and her classes will also take you on a sumptuous journey to places you may not yet have been.

All classes receive Sylvia’s FREE After Class Support & Advice Service and are GUARANTEED to satisfy and fulfil your cooking goals.

Feel welcome and at ease.

Leave inspired and confident.

Embrace the exotic.

Explore the unknown.

Taste new flavours.

Experiment with new cooking techniques and ingredients.

Enjoy a wonderful day of creative cooking with a good food experience in one of Sylvia’s very special personalised Cooking Classes with a Difference!

Book Now

You can share Sylvia’s enthusiasm, skills, vast knowledge and experience in food, wine and cooking by attending her special Hands-on Cooking Classes with a Difference where you too will be enthused by her passion and warm generous hospitality.

All you need to do is organise a small group of friends, choose a class that tempts you, choose a date that suits you, then make your booking with payment. Sylvia will even hold a class for two, couples or a special private one-on-one class in the comfort of your own home.

You will come away from her classes happily inspired and confident in your ability to cook with different foods and flavours and in the knowledge that you have been given practical personalised quality tuition and skills to last you a lifetime.

Take a look at some of the Feedback to see what past clients, participants and other food lovers have said about Sylvia’s Cooking Classes and Tasmanian Food Experiences and let Sylvia help you achieve your cooking goals too.  Happy Cooking!

Book a Class

Past students & food lovers feedback

Session well thought out and excellently presented. Food was wonderful and encouraged me to try to do some dishes at home. Answered all the questions very thoroughly. Made everyone feel welcome and at ease.
Wendy B.

Inspired me to experiment with new tastes and flavours. Everything was well thought out and organised.

Provided details on sourcing ingredients from local suppliers.

Martine C.

Very interesting. You could see Sylvia loves Spanish food. Everything was documented, lists great.

Very helpful and friendly. Great group. Thanks Sylvia.

Marlene B.

I felt confident that I would be able to cook Tapas meals for friends and family – which was my goal.

Very well prepared and interacted well with everyone and always answered questions.

Lynne S.

I have heaps of ideas to go home and experiment with! Felt very comfortable asking questions and all information given was very informative.

Plenty of notes taken!

Sharon W.

Have learnt heaps about Tapas and Sylvia inspired me to try recipes and more!

She is always willing to answer questions.

Sylvia certainly fits in a lot during the course.

Meg L.

Philosophy Behind Sylvia’s Kitchen

Sylvia’s Kitchen was established in January 2007 with Sylvia’s philosophy to TASTE, EXPERIMENT and ENJOY fresh seasonal regional food that is cooked simply yet beautifully.

She believes we should take the time to share and enjoy the dining experience with family and friends, an ideology encouraged by the Slow Food movement and also that of slower living.

She strongly believes you are what you eat* and that good quality fresh food coming from a natural organic or home-grown source is an investment in your future health and well-being.

Furthermore, with regular exercise, less stress, a well-balanced diet using fresh ingredients and interesting flavours, a glass of wine and a few morsels of sweet indulgence, we can all get more out of life and enjoy it to the fullest!

 About Sylvia 

sylvia-devlin-sylvias-kitchenSylvia has a rich European family heritage that has been enhanced through travel. Sylvia has extensive hospitality experience and was Chef at a successful boutique hotel and restaurant she managed together with her husband in Suffolk in the English countryside, where she created eclectic daily menus using fresh seasonal local produce.

She has lived, worked, travelled and experienced different cultural and culinary influences in the UK, Europe, North Africa, South and North East Asia. On their return to Australia, Sylvia became Chef at the highly popular Ruby’s Café in the cosmopolitan East End District of Adelaide.

Awarded Distinction WSET London Higher Certificate Level 3 in Wines and Spirits and High Distinction Graduate Certificate of Business Wine Studies from Edith Cowan University (equivalent WSET Level 4 Diploma), Sylvia tutored Wine Studies at Adelaide TAFE and happily imparts her wine knowledge and skills. She worked at Diamond Valley Vineyards estate (now Punch) in the Yarra Valley one of Australia’s leading pinot noir producers and has extensive wine assessment, tasting, food and wine matching skills which she shares in all her classes.

Sylvia has owned and operated a successful catering business and has consulted and cooked in well-established cafés, bistros and restaurants both in Australia and overseas. She has also had a diverse corporate career in business administration, marketing, event management, corporate charity sponsorship, heritage site management, economic development and tourism.

She has been cooking since she was a child and could reach the kitchen bench top and has vast knowledge and experience in a broad range of cultures and styles both in Australia and overseas. Her classes and daily cooking are influenced by fresh local seasonal produce, her love of good food, her travels and work with food, including a library of culinary literature, and her love of life and people.

In 1988 Sylvia was fortunate to be chosen to be part of a small team to SylviaLittleGirl 2participate in “Australian Cuisine”, a unique culinary study of “The development of Australian society from a diverse multicultural background and the consequential influences on Australian cuisine.” It was orchestrated by Master Chef Cheong Liew OAM of Neddys and The Grange restaurant Hilton Hotel Adelaide, and included cooking with Maggie Beer, Janet Jeffs, Tuomono Wynn and other well-known chefs, cooks and regional producers. An extraordinary exploration into food and highly memorable intellectual culinary experience that also incorporated the study and cooking of Cheong Liew’s masterful dishes.

Some of Sylvia’s first and closest mentors were Cath Kerry of The Art Gallery Restaurant and the late Brigita Whiting (Turniski) of Mona Lisa’s Bistro and Café Instanbul, Adelaide where in the late 1980s Sylvia undertook a ‘culinary internship’ and worked dinner service in the kitchen after her day at the office!

Australian and overseas work and influences together with all the above, include Terry Owen and Susan Moore of Ruby’s Café, Stephanie Alexander, Cherry Ripe, Vic Cherikoff, Christine Manfield (who worked at Ruby’s Café), Larkin Warren of Martha’s Vineyard Restaurant, Chris Chown of Plas Bodegroes, Alastair Little, Ann and Franco Taruschio of The Walnut Tree, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers of The River Café and many more with whom Sylvia has had the pleasure to work, converse, cook and dine with.

It is her husband to whom she is most grateful, who always provides encouragement and inspiration and is a fabulous cook, scientist and Glass Artist. He says, Without food there is no life, therefore the greatest gift you can give someone is good food.

Together they share a rich journey of travel, culture, art, music, food and wine, which is central to their life, so much so, they married at Colin and Maggie Beer’s Pheasant Farm restaurant in the Barossa Valley.

* Quote by Ludwig Feuerbach, nineteenth-century German Philosopher