This culinary experience is for foodies, gourmet or just food lovers wishing to learn cooking in the company of an experienced Chef.
You can choose to start the tour from Bologna or Florence. and be greeted by your personal chef starting with a visit to the local markets. You’ll then head to the Appenine Mountains, where the Tiber river originates, at the chef's retreat, nestled between Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche.
The cooking lessons are focused on learning how to cook great regional dishes of Italy guided by the Chef personally. There is no need to know how cooking, Everyday you will receive private cooking lessons and unlock the secrets of the great culinary traditions of Italy: handmade pastas, sauces, soups, risotto, main courses, bread, tarts, desserts.
You’ll cook at your own pace, you can always skip a day or two and visit the countryside.
No need for a rental car, we’ll bring you back and forth.
Your friends & family are welcomed to assist and taste your preparations!
The private learn-by-doing classes are guided by the chef. We are sure you’ll enjoy and find this experience one of the best ever tried!
Because it is:
. private and unforgettable
. guided by an experienced Chef
. made with passion and experience
. excellent way to learn cooking real Italian dishes
. the best way to learn about Italian culinary traditions
. held in a fantastic natural setting
. giving you the chance to enjoy incredible places
. leading you to the discovery of artistic treasures
Depending on your preferences you can choose between:
. for 1 and 2 travelers: at the Chef's mountain retreat, nestled between Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche and built by his grandfather in 1800, a cozy retreat, carefully renovated, fruit trees in the backyard, an herb garden and an outdoor dining area. The River Tevere borders the property as a small babbling brook.
. from 1 up to 6 or more travelers:
4-star hotel, offering comfortable, air-conditioned rooms, provided of telephone, satellite TV with SKY, minibar, safe, hairdryer, spa kit (bathrobe and slippers)
4-star historical residence hotel, perfectly restored, are part of the 17th century Palazzo Grisolini with elegant and comfortable rooms.
Please mention your choice at the booking time.
A passion for food runs through the veins of the Chef and it is his infectious commitment to putting the food first – its texture, taste, aroma and seasonality – and not just the end result, that pervades his state-of-the-art cookery school.
He grew up in a home environment that helped ignite his passion for cooking. His father was not only a food devotee, but a great raconteur too, getting inspiration from the extraordinary cookery book of Pellegrino Artusi – written in 1881 and the first cookbook written after the Unification of Italy, a witty integration of food with history, culture, the arts, everyday life and amusing anecdotes about the experiences of Artusi.
The Chef studied Law at the University of Bologna, but that was never his destiny. After graduation he started his chef career opening his first restaurant, then 3 more till in 2012 his cooking school.
Passionate about art, especially Caravaggio, the Chef is a fine connoisseur not only of food and all its nuances, but also of the masters of Italian art.
The style of tuition of the Chef is eclectic and, at the same time, comprehensive. The word ‘recipe’ is almost banned, as he is determined to teach foodies new skills, rather than focusing on a prescriptive approach that sees them leave with just the ability to cook one or two dishes. You will learn how to handle a chef’s knife, but there will never be a knife skills course: he will tell you that his granny had only one knife her entire life and still managed to turn out exquisite food! Typically the day starts with a trip to the market, to buy what they have on the stall that day and what is in season. Back to the kitchen the food is gloriously displayed on the work surface, and only at this moment the chef and the students will together decide what ingredients to use, which dishes to create, which culinary techniques to use and how to present the food. A great food day starts: inspiration and creativity guided by deep knowledge of ingredients and techniques will transfer skills and indelible memories.
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Why choose us?
We're creative and we love to share our creativity with you.
We're always available and ready to satisfy your travel requirements.
We're professional and our experience and commitment is the best warranty for you.
We're detail-addicted, we know how to pamper you, caring for the details that make you happy.
· Personal documents (passport, identity card, driving license): please check their validity and customs and health entry procedures (certificates, visa) prior to the departure
· Upon booking, please specify any food allergies or preferences you may have. We are happy to accommodate you as much as possible.
Upon arrival at Bologna Airport or Florence Airport, you will be picked up and start your cooking experience with the chef.
Your tour starts with the private market tour and lunch in a local trattoria (in Bologna or Florence). It's time to move on to the hotel in the Appenine mountains.
Enjoy the welcome wine tasting before freshening up in the comfort of your room followed by the first private cooking lesson with the chef.
Tonight, a very special dining experience awaits!