Culinary schools offer a unique opportunity to experience at first hand authentic regional cooking techniques and recipes that have been developed and handed down over generations. Our culinary schools have been rated by The Observer newspaper as one of the "Top 10 Cookery Schools in Europe". Our culinary schools are held at Casa Ombuto, a recently restored large Tuscan villa set in a beautiful and tranquil location in the hills of the Casentino valley some 50km south of Florence, Italy.
A week in one of our culinary schools at Casa Ombuto will allow you to immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Tuscany and learn to cook real Italian dishes in a relaxed and friendly environment. You will learn the passion of the Italian kitchen and, importantly, have a lot of fun and enjoyment doing it.
Our culinary schools in Italy are hosted by Paola Baccetti, a locally born chef who ran her own successful restuarant in nearby Bibbiena for 10 years.
Paola's culinary schools offer complete hands on courses designed to teach you to make authentic 4 course Italian dinners covering all the basic Italian cooking techniques, from pasta to pastries and everything in between.
All of the ingredients used in our culinary schools are bought each morning from local markets and so you will be working with fresh fruit and vegetables in season. Throughout your time at Casa Ombuto you will learn about the ingredients and the traditions around the dishes as well as food presentation and wine choice. We now offer a Mediterranean Cookery Course at our culinary schools and these focus on cooking light dishes with an emphasis on great taste and low calories.
All our culinary schools courses are 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 to our culinary schools who can spend the days sightseeing, or playing golf, and then rejoin the party for the evening meals.
If you are looking for culinary schools that will inspire you to cook wonderfully authentic Italian cuisine then look no further than Casa Ombuto.
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