Have you ever wanted to learn to cook like an Italian? Well our award winning cooking lessons offer a unique opportunity to experience at first hand authentic Italian regional cooking techniques and recipes that have been developed and handed down over generations. Our residential cooking lessons have recently been rated by The Observer newspaper as one of the "Top ten cookery schools in Europe". Our cooking lessons take place in beautiful Casa Ombuto, a recently restored large Tuscan villa set in a wonderfully tranquil location in the hills of the Casentino valley some 50km south of Florence.
Our residential cooking lessons allow you to immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Tuscany and learn to cook authentic Italian dishes in an informal and friendly environment. You will learn the passion of the Italian kitchen and, importantly, have a lot of fun and enjoyment doing it.
Our cooking lessons in Italy are taught by Paola Baccetti, a locally born chef who ran her own successful restuarant in nearby Bibbiena for 10 years.
Paola's cooking lessons offer a comprehensive hands on course designed to teach you to make splendid 4 course Italian dinners covering all the basic Italian cooking techniques, from pasta to pastries and everything in between. The cooking lessons are given in the "Cantina" of Casa Ombuto. All of the ingredients you will use are bought each morning from local markets and so you will be working with fresh fruit and vegetables in season. Throughout our cooking lessons you will learn about the ingredients and the traditions around the dishes as well as food presentation and wine choice.
We have a new addition to our cooking lessons with the introduction of our Mediterranean Cookery Course designed to teach you how to cook light dishes with an emphasis on great taste and low calories.
Our cooking lessons run from Saturday to Saturday and include 4 elaborate hands-on cooking sessions with enough time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. A one-day excursion will be organized to visit a vineyard for wine tasting, as well as to a local producer of olive oil and time for shopping. It is also possible to bring along a non-participating partner who can spend the days sightseeing or playing golf, while you attend cooking lessons, and then rejoin the party for the evening meals.
If you are looking for expert cooking lessons that will enthuse you with the knowledge and desire to cook authentic Italian cuisine then look no further than Casa Ombuto. Find out more about our cooking lessons here. Alternatively, go straight to our cooking lessons dates and itineraries page, and start dreaming of your Italian cooking lessons at Casa Ombuto.
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