Paraty has many pretty restaurants, but once your feet touch the cobblestones in the picturesque historic center, prices rise.

Chef for a Day

Tired of eating out? How about cooking your own gourmet dinner in Paraty's historic center, with the help of acclaimed local chef and cookbook author Yara Roberts?

Mixing theater with haute cuisine, chef Yara stages cooking classes in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish at her home-based culinary academy, the Academia de Cozinha e Outros Prazeres. Guests learn about Brazilian regional cuisines, assist with the cooking (optional), then sit down to a leisurely dinner and an evening of lively conversation. Groups are often international – residents of 105 different countries have participated to date! The price includes cocktails, wine, desserts and recipes.

Chef Yara also organizes multiday programs that combine cooking classes with visits to local producers. See the website for details.