About Sara

Born in Italy, a triplet, I grew up in a traditional Italian family, where both parents were real foodies. I remember fondly the seasonal outings with my dad foraging for mushrooms, wild asparagus, dandelions and radicchio; and of course the days spent in the kitchen with my mother creating beautiful food. Food has always been a part of me and MasterChef provided the platform from which to pursue my culinary dream. My ethos is simplicity, using a few but top quality ingredients to create an explosion of flavours. My passion is to share my knowledge and enable others to learn to cook!

Sara @ St John’s is York’s first Dining Club. Set in the heart of the city, it provides an unforgettable experience with food served in the relaxed setting of her beautiful Victorian house against the backdrop of York Minster. The venue is an experience that is as much about culinary delights as social interaction. Since its opening in July 2011, it has hosted over 12,000 happy guests.

Masterchef finalist 2011 and now a well-known Chef and Food Consultant working across the country. Sara’s cooking is a celebration of both her heritage and the wonderful local produce the UK has to offer. Sara’s ethos is simplicity and a handful of ingredients and this is beautifully portrayed in her cooking style as well as in her teaching.

A team of professional chefs who are passionate about bringing to your doorstep exciting authentic world cuisines – in a box. The mission? To make it easy for you to try cooking and eating something new with our deliciously diverse recipe boxes at home.

Whether you wish to have a tailor made cookery class in Sara’s kitchen or in one of your local cookery schools, the experience will allow you to develop your knowledge and improve your techniques, ensure you learn the recipes for Sara’s original takes on classic Italian dishes. If private cookery classes or private dining in the comfort of your own home is what you prefer, please get in touch.


Garofalo has been making superior quality pasta since 1789 and exports its produce to over 60 countries. Sara has been proudly working with Garofalo for 10 years, spreading the passion and love for top quality pasta by developing and sharing recipes on social media platforms.

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Sara has been an Ambassador for AGA since 2014. More recently, she has become an AGA demonstrator. She is a proud owner of a traditional gas cooker and an electric City 60, both at the very heart of her cooking and which ensure the smooth running of Sara@StJohn’s Supper Club.