plant-based cooking class in Rio de Janeiro

I 🤍 Cacao

Have you ever seen a cacao tree? Did you know it’s from the same botanical family as Hibiscus? Have you ever tried the  pulp of a freshly opened cacao bean? If not, this cooking class is for you.
It is not about cookies and candy bars. In this cacao course I want you to learn about the benefits of this superfood and how to take advantage of the to the fullest. We will learn how to use cacao as an ingredient and spice in  cooking in order to integrate it into our everyday habits in a healthy and sustainable way.

Me and Cacao

A Lovestory

Ever since I was a child and earned my very first own money I would buy myself bars and more bars of chocolate. I would eat them whole while reading books under my blanket. Of course this was the sugar-loaden kind of chocolate which nowadays I advice to steer clear from. I didn’t know any better 🤷🏼‍♀️

Years forward I found myself living in Perugia, the self-declared chocolate capital in the center of Italy. There I found myself working for ALTROCIOCCOLATO, an event that promotes fair-trade and justice in the world of cacao and chocolate.This is where I learned more about the harsh truths that surround the world of Nestlé and Co.

Some years later, I am now living in the very country the cacao tree actually comes from and lucky enough to have access to some of the best fresh and organic cacao beans of the world. Consider me the happiest girl in the world! Here the idea of exploring savory cooking with cacao as a spice was born. Turns out, it’s a delicious, unique and surprising addition to many creations and unjustifiably underappreciated as a spice. One of my missions is to promote the health benefits and culinary use of cacao and its products. Join me now in this whole new experience!

The food of the gods

Add Cacao and everything becomes special

I have always been a huge fan of everything related to cacao. But only when I started cooking professionally did it cross my mind to use cacao as an ingredient and spice. The results were stunning and now I want to share them with the whole world! Be my guest and join me in this incredible adventure to the world of the food of gods!


What People are Saying


“Juliane’s cooking class was exceptional! She has done a lot of research previously and really cares about where her ingredients comes from, which is awesome to learn from. She has beautiful energy to her, so positive. The food we made was delicious and completely different from what I have ever tasted with cacao previously. Would love to do another class with her again!”


“A special activity”

“After my trip through South America I wanted to let it end with a special activity. And this is was this cacao cooking class with Julianne definitely was! I felt welcomed from the first second on. The class was perfect, since I have learnt more about cacao and the recipes we cooked were just delicious! If you like chocolate and are looking for a nice and special evening, definitely book this activity!”


“Absolutely must!”

“AMAZING!!! This class was truly enjoyable from start to finish. Juliane knows a lot about food and brings her expert knowledge into all aspects of the class, I definitely learnt a lot! It was hands on, and we made soo much delicious food, 100% the best food we’ve eaten on our trip to Rio so far. Great people to cook with, and we did it all with 1 (or 2) caipirihnas in hand. You absolutely must take this class if you’re in Rio, it’s not to be missed!”



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