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COMO Hotels and Resorts has announced a new collection of culinary journeys for 2020 that combine cooking classes with relaxing stays at its portfolio of luxury properties.

COMO Culinary Journeys is a series of retreats that will use food as a lens for exploring the heritage and culture of a destination. The collection will launch this February with a 5-day culinary retreat at COMO The Treasury in Perth. The inaugural experience will be available to just 10 participants and will include hands-on cooking classes from chef Matthew Sartori of the resort’s restaurant Wildflower; as well as visiting chef Giovanni Luca Di Pirro. Joining the retreat from Italy, Luca Di Pirro leads the kitchen at La Torre, the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant at COMO Castello del Nero in Tuscany.

Guests will also have an opportunity to sample a wine tasting with Australia’s Sommelier of the Year, Emma Farrelly—picking out the nuanced differences between Margaret River and Tuscan wines.

“This new collection of experiences is distinctly COMO,” explains Chris Orlikowski, global director of communications for The COMO Group in a press release statement. “By combining the seamless service expected of a COMO stay with a flexible, personalized approach to each retreat, the collection is both a journey through COMO as well as a journey through food.”

The retreat will provide funds to support the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife affected by the Australian bushfire crisis, with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to WIRES, the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service.

The 5-day and 4-night experience will run from Feb. 28th to March 3, 2020, and will include fish market tours and sustainable garden visits, as well as the cooking classes, wine tastings and other culinary experiences. For stays in a Heritage Room, the experience is priced at $2,050 pp dbl, or $2783 pp for single occupancy. For stays in a Heritage Balcony Room, the experience is priced at $2,187 pp dbl, or $3,057 for single occupancy.

For more information, visit COMO Culinary Journeys.