First taste of Tuscany one day cooking course

Tuscany Region, Tuscany, Italy

1 day from
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€140

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This cooking course is ideal for those who want an introduction to authentic Tuscan recipes from professional and passionate Italian chefs who will guide you through this hands-on cooking lesson

During the cooking course you will discover how to produce a 3 course Italian meal from appetiser to dessert, including the art of making pasta fresca.

Once your pasta is ready the chef will help you to prepare delicious sauces using fresh basil, tomatoes, wild mushrooms, sweet onions and many other ingredients from the various foods that are produced on the school's estate.

The daily recipes will vary according to the seasons to ensure only the freshest possible ingredients are used to provide you with a deeply individual Tuscan experience. 

When the menu is ready, you and your fellow would-be cooks will sit down with the chef and eat the delicious Italian food you have prepared, accompanied by a glass of wine produced on the school's estate.

Who is it suitable for?
- Suitable for all levels
- Minimum age 10
- If you are looking to really learn about Tuscan food, learn to cook 5-6 courses and impress even the most experienced 'foodies' we recommend you book the Italian Immersion Cooking Course also offered at this school

When can I start?
- Classes run on selected dates throughout the year
- Please note: this cookery school is closed from mid-November to mid-March

Class schedule
- Classes start at 10am; you will begin by learning about the history of Tuscan cooking and the chef will present you with the day's menu
- Roll up your sleeves as you prepare for your hands-on cooking lesson
- At 1pm you will have the chance to enjoy the feast you have created complemented by a glass of Chianti wine and extra virgin olive oil
- Classes end when you have finished eating lunch around 2pm

What will I learn?
- The art of making basic pasta fresca, such as gnocchi & tagliettli
- How to prepare a full delicious Italian meal which you then get to enjoy at the end of the lesson
- History and cultural importance of Italian cooking
- You will receive a Tuscan recipe book to take home with you and put your new skills in to practice

Examples of typical dishes for this 3 course Italian menu
Antipasti
- Examples of what you may produce for the first course include bruschetta or crostini toscani

Primi piatti
- Typical dishes include basic pasta with fresh basil pesto or ragout of wild mushrooms and sweet onions, meat or duck ragout, tagliettli, gnocchi, soups and stews

Dolci
- Finish off your meal with a typical dessert perhaps pears in red wine sauce, tiramisu, Tuscan apple cake or panna cotta 

Other information
- This school offers a transfer service from a central meeting point in Florence city centre to the cooking school for around 12.50 Euros per person for a return trip each day
- This transfer MUST be booked in advance via the school and paid for on arrival
- If this half day course description whets your appetite for learning to cook, longer courses are also on offer, click on the OPTIONS box and view more courses at this school

Gluten/Celiac Free
- Gluten and celiac free guests are more than welcome and can participate in any of the cooking holidays. You'll learn to make gluten free pastas, breads and desserts on a separate table, using separate utensils and ovens.
- Celiac and gluten free participants have become common, and the hosts and chefs are very familiar with it, and able to teach amazing Italian food and recipes.