The Lodge at Paratiho Farms is proud to announce that a Master Class is now available at the Paratiho 'Art of Cooking' cooking school.

'The Art of Cooking' classes have been running at the Lodge since early 2005, and have been a huge success to date. The classes take place twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and themes include 'Nelson's finest fish', 'Decadent Desserts', 'Flavours from Morocco', 'Wood-smoking of Fish, Meats and Vegetables' and many more.

The decision to now offer a Master Class is due to demand from those who have taken part in the classes and found their culinary skills have stepped up a notch as a result. These students now are asking to learn more of the finer points cooking, taking the next step in their culinary education.

Paratiho Head Chef Angela Bone teaches the classes, and describes the Master Class as for:

"…the Chef at home who lives and breathes food, who creates rather than cooks and is always keeping a sharp eye out for new ingredients. For people who are above the intermediate phase of cooking, we will be using top ingredients and creating fine cuisine, we will talk about how to source, store and prepare quality ingredients including, but not limited to, Truffles, Crayfish, Paua, Venison, Wild meats, and anything out of the norm that we can find!"

The Lodge at Paratiho Farms, one of the very finest accommodations available, and undoubtedly the most luxurious, is one of just three Relais & Chateaux properties in New Zealand. Nestled in a pristine and secluded valley, the Lodge is filled with International and New Zealand Art and Sculpture and pampers and entertains guests and visitors in a stylish, informal way. All meals and beverages are included in the tariff.

Separate from the main lodge are six suites, each positioned to give guests the utmost privacy, with fireplaces, walk-in wardrobes, claw-foot baths and rainforest showers.

Recreational activities at the Lodge include swimming, tennis, golf, croquet, gym, Saunarium and an award-winning Spa offering treatments to soothe and relax the mind and body.

Beyond the farm gates are the delights of the Nelson region, including the Abel Tasman National Park, trout fishing, art galleries and some of New Zealand's finest boutique wineries.

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