The who’s who of the travel industry gathered at Vive Cooking School in Sydney and the Prahan Hotel in Melbourne last week for two exclusive South American cooking classes hosted by LATAM Airlines Group.At the Sydney event, guests swapped their travel hats for chef hats and joined Brazilian chef Julian Vasseur and guest chef Bruno Da Motta on a culinary journey to Latin America, while those in Melbourne whipped up gastronomic delights under the instructions of chef Danny Parreno. Guests learnt how to cook a variety of traditional dishes including empanadas and ceviche. The classes ended on a sweet note with fresh picarones (a Peruvian dessert, similar to doughnuts). The events were hosted by Patricio Aylwin, LATAM’s MD, Asia Pacific, to celebrate all things Latin American, as well as LATAM’s new non-stop service between Melbourne and Santiago, Chile. Commencing 5 October 2017, the Melbourne-Santiago service will be the first ever non-stop service between the two cities. The westbound Santiago-Melbourne leg – measuring more than 11,000 km in distance with a flight time of approximately 15 hours – will become the longest non-stop flight in LATAM’s history.LATAM will operate three non-stop flights per week between Santiago and Melbourne, becoming the first airline group to offer a direct service between the two cities, as well as the only carrier to fly non-stop between Melbourne and Latin America. After Sydney, Melbourne will be the second city in Australia served by the airline group.Santiago is one of LATAM’s principal hubs and offers onward connections to an unrivalled 124 destinations throughout Chile and Latin America, including direct services to major cities such as São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogota and Quito. LATAM also serves the region’s principal tourist destinations including Machu Picchu in Peru (via Cuzco), Torres del Paine National Park (via Puerto Natales/Punta Arenas, Chile), the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, Iguazú Falls (via Puerto Iguazú, Argentina) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.LATAM is Latin America’s leading airline group with one of the largest route networks in the world, offering air services to around 140 destinations in 25 countries, operating more than 1400 flights per day and transporting 67 million passengers per year. Employing over 46,000 people worldwide, the company is present in six domestic markets in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in addition to its international operations in Latin America, Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, Oceania and Africa. LATAM Airlines Group has one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the world.