Guess what? The winners of my recent Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream giveaway have just been announced and I already have another fantastic competition lined up for you!
The lovely people at Wasamedia and Alio Restaurant have invited me to attend a pasta making class as part of the restaurant’s ten-year celebrations, and I have two more spots to giveaway to two lucky JENIUS readers! (Note: you will be attending the class with me!)
Hand-making fresh pasta is such a valuable technique and is something I have been keen to master. I’m so delighted I’ll be able to share this experience with two of my dear readers 🙂

WIN one of 2 pasta making classes at Alio Restaurant with JENIUS
Image source: Pasta Italiana,

The class kicks off with a first hand demonstration of Chef Hughes making his celebrated ‘Rotolo’ and ‘Risotto’ dishes. The class will then learn the magic of turning flour and eggs into mouth-watering pasta for themselves, in a sticky fingered, laughter filled hands-on experience. Making fluffy ‘Potato Gnocchi’ and ‘Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli’ from scratch, each guest will delight in Ashley’s expert knowledge and feel the success of creating fresh and delicious pasta in this wonderful gourmet experience.
The course will conclude with a sit-down banquet style lunch so attendees can relax and enjoy their creations.
Doors open at 9.30am for coffee at the bar, and the pasta course begins at 10.00am. Lunch commences at 12.00pm after completion of the pasta class.

Head chef and owner Ashley Hughes and a pasta dish at Alio Restaurant

How to win
To join me on Sunday, 27th June 2010 at Alio Restaurant’s pasta making class, all you have to do is leave a comment below in 25 words or less and convince me why you should win!
Terms & Conditions
Competition closes on 20/06/10 at 11:59AEST and winners will be announced on this page on following day, 21/06/10. Please leave a comment with a valid email address as I will need to contact you, shall you win. Winners must arrange their own transport to and from the class.
Alio Restaurant
5 Baptist Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Phone: (02) 8394 9368
Alio is also holding special Greatest Hits Dinners across the month of June to commemorate ten years in business. It will be a fusion of old favourites and new innovations, showcasing head chef Ashley Hughes’ crisp, clean brand of Italian cuisine. The Alio Greatest Hits ten-course degustation is $80 per head or $110 with matching wines.


Congratulations to Brodie and Angie. Thank you so much for everybody’s awesome entries – I wish the class was big enough to fit all of you in!***UPDATE 22/07/10: Brodie can unfortunately no longer make it to the class, so the runner-up winner is Karen Li! Congratulations Karen and Angie. I look forward to meeting to both of you 🙂

***UPDATE 26/06/10: Karen Li has just informed me that she can no longer attend the class! Second runner up winner is Leanne. Congrats Leanne! Unfortunately, I will also no longer be able to make it to the class due to a clash with a funeral. Angie and Leanne – I hope you girls have a good time!


Stay tuned for more giveaways on JENIUS 🙂

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • Stephanie

    Loved Chef Hughes Rotolo of wilted greens, mushrooms with sage butter, chestnuts dish. Time to learn to make fresh pasta and replicate that dish!

  • *Sigh* if only I lived in Sydney! This course sounds absolutely wonderful!!!!!

  • Leanne

    Hi Jenius, just saw the new and exciting give away.
    Perfecting pasta is not an easy feat,
    Here I would love to learn and not just to eat!
    New techniques and in a social setting,
    If I should win it,
    It would be such a treat!

  • I’ve never made pasta as our pasta maker was mistakenly given away! I’d love to learn to make fresh pasta and impress my lovely Nonno.

  • June 27th is my 26th birthday. Help stop the inevitable sadness that comes from edging closer to 30 by letting me cook pasta with you!

  • I lived in Italy for 2 years and ate some stunning pasta yet never learned to make it. Time to right some wrongs.

  • Oh what a lovely birthday present this would be for me seeing as my birthday is on the 24th! I’ve also always wanted to make pasta and seeing that our 10 year anniversary is only 2 weeks after this what better way than to suprise the boyfriend with hand made pasta made by me! They do say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

  • I am eating homemade marinara as I speak, and I’m thinking that my $1.19 sale spaghetti is just not worth the effort I put into the sauce!

  • Cristina ARganese

    No silly poem from me just the honest truth. I’m a bad wife. My husband recently had a BIG birthday and because he said he didn’t want anything of course I obliged. BUT he wouldn’t say no to pasta making at Alio.

  • Karen F.

    In the past few months I’ve finally fallen in love with cooking. This intimate Alio class would be perfect for becoming Iron Chef Pasta badge!

  • Karen Li

    I absolutely love pasta. I love Alio. I love food. I love your blog. I love this competition. LET ME WIN THIS COMPETITION PLEASE! It would mean the world to me. I want to cook GREAT pasta and eat DELICIOUS PASTA! I am desperate! I want this so bad because pasta is my midnight snack at 1am in the morning. My love for pasta is undeniable! I will cross my fingers till the 21st of June 2010 in the hopes that I will win this competition!
    ps. I LOVE PASTA!

  • Karen Li

    my bad.. i didn’t read the requirements properly.. i just read competition.. why you want to win and skipped the 25 words or less… so here’s my entry sorry:
    I absolutely love pasta. I love Alio. I love food. I love your blog. LET ME WIN THIS COMPETITION PLEASE! PS. I LOVE PASTA~

  • Derek L

    the perfect pasta, the perfect life, the perfect want , the perfect wife. she knows how, i know not, so for now im a pasta tot.

  • Renny

    Because Italian food was intended to be shared with the ones you love. I’ll serve this pasta to my friends, family, and my future children.

  • Judi Adams

    As luck would have it I will be, In Sydney, 27 June and would love to come see, How to make wonderful fresh pasta perfectly, I’d be thrilled if Alio pick me, As I am a total foodie !

  • Julie

    P-erfect pasta
    A-l dente to taste
    S-aucy delights with
    T-asty sauces
    A-dding to my waist!!!

  • Sonia Cattley

    With Australia likely to drop out of the world cup early – I am flashing back to 2006 and the match with Italy. While we didnt win then, I might be able to learn to cook pasta like an Italian mama.

  • kellie robinson

    to prove to the partner my cooking is better than defence scran!!! help me prove and show my partner what ive got….

  • dojo

    pasta’s such an underrated dish & most people take for granted just how versatile, creative & just damn yummy it can be ! team me, master !

  • karina wong

    I am an expert at making pasta with instant bottled sauces, I am now officially ready to take the next step and make it from scratch!

  • Pasta comes in differnt shape and size! Now it’s my turn to win this prize. let me join with your waking, in the pasta making!

  • The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! Let me learn how to make some homemade pasta to suprise him for our anniversary!