One day Italian immersion cooking course

Tuscany Region, Tuscany, Italy

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Impress even the most experienced 'foodies' after taking this amazing Tuscan immersion cooking course. Ideal for those who want to return home with an expansive collection of Italian recipes, you'll discover a wide range of innovative Tuscan specialities. 

You will learn from a local professional chef how to prepare a decadent Italian meal that pulls out all the stops using only the best ingredients.

Your cooking lesson will start with making Italian breads, risotto and stuffed pastas such as ravioli and lasagne; you will learn how to colour the pasta and make the delicious sauces from fresh ingredients produced on the school's estate.

Classes are taught  in a fun and relaxed style, where you will muck in with your fellow guests to create the dishes together rather than individually. You'll each have a go at making your own pasta, and the feel of the cooking class is typically Italian and a group effort!

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.

The menu will consist of at least 5 courses, all unique in flavour and execution, and when it 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, from beginners to advanced
- Minimum age 10
- Lessons can be taught in English or Italian

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 or 4.30pm; 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
- After 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 3pm or 9pm

What will I learn?
- Many ingredients are sourced from the estate's garden and you may use olive oils produced on the estate
- Start with learning to make a variety of traditional Italian breads
- If pizza is on the menu, you'll learn to make pizza as an antipasti
- The art of making amazing pasta fresca, such as gnocchi, tagliettli and more
- Special techniques on how to colour the pasta as well as making filled pasta ravioli
- How to create the perfect risotto including making the broth from scratch
- You'll focus on preparing meats and/or fish and using the meat for both main courses as well as pasta sauces and stocks
- Desserts are not forgotten and you'll make a typical Tuscan dessert to appeal to your sweet tooth
- Overall, you'll learn hands-on techniques how to prepare a full delicious 5 or 6 course 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
- You'll also take home your very own apron to use at home when putting your new found Italian cooking skills into practice

Examples of typical dishes you'll learn to cook
- Examples of what you may produce for the first course include bruschetta, crostini toscani, cured meats, vegetable flans or the traditional Italian pizzas

Soup and salads
- Various soups and traditional Tuscan salad dishes such as panzanella

Primi piatti
- Typical dishes include fresh pasta using special techniques to 'colour' the pasta as well as making filled pasta
- Sauces will typically include fresh basil pesto or ragout of wild mushrooms and sweet onions, meat or duck ragout
- Expand your knowledge by learning to make tagliettli, gnocchi, stews and the perfect risotto and broth

Secondi piatti
- Your menu may include fish, Etruscan chicken, veal rolls stuffed with artichoke and fontina cheese, wild boar stew, veal and ricotta meat balls and much more
- Various side dishes will accompany your meal

- Finish off your meal with one of the following - pears in red wine sauce, tiramisu, Tuscan apple cake, panna cotta and much more

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

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 our hosts and chefs are very familiar with it, and able to teach amazing Italian food and recipes.