Alexandra T. turned to online marketplace Airtasker, where members offer to do odd jobs for people willing to pay the right price, with a touching story justifying her attempt to pay people for their culinary secrets.
"My nonna passed away a couple of years ago, and one of the many things I miss about her is the delicious, heart-warming pasta she used to make me," Alexandra wrote.
Try as she might, she hasn’t been able to recreate the “warmth and cosiness” of Nonna’s legendary cooking, and local chefs at Sydney’s “epic pasta restaurants” are also missing the mark.
"I’m on the search for the best of the best and am offering $500 for your most secret of recipes. The task will be to come to my home in Alexandria, spend an afternoon teaching and cooking your recipe with me, so I can share it with my family."
"I have been following our hundred years'-plus family tradition method of making pasta sauce carried down from generations cooked exactly the way it ought to be!" writes Diana D, very willing to share her family secrets for $500.
"Good luck! Nonnas’ cooking is out of this world. I'm sure it's the love in their food!" wrote Lori T.
But props have to go to the cleverly named user, Jack of all trade S. who commented “NEVARRRR!!! Sorry, but it is a secret after all!”
Recovering caffeine-addict and serial bruncher Eliza Murray feels most at home typing away in a cozy cafe with her re-mortgaged avocado toast nearby. When she isn't reporting on the latest Instagram-shattering glittery food trends, she can be found experimenting with new gin garnishes (hello strawberries!) or biting into an entire wheel of brie (no shame). She tweets @theothereliza