Signor Francesco, chef, wine maker and sommelier in his Tuscan kitchen for a food and wine lover’s hands-on cooking class that will tempt with everything from antipasto to pasta and dessert!!!
Tuscan Cooking Class Classic & Advanced
Join Signor Francesco, chef, wine maker and sommelier in his Tuscan kitchen for a food and wine lover’s hands-on cooking class that will tempt with everything from antipasto to pasta and dessert!!!
Chef Francesco’s philosophy is “see, smell and eat it” and each day. He chooses the best fresh ingredients from the garden and the market for your hands-on cooking classes. The atmosphere in the kitchen is informal, encouraging you to ask questions, roll up your sleeves and get involved. Signor Francesco is a true Tuscan food lover – preparing homemade antipasto, pasta, risotto – main courses – and desserts!
Tuscan cuisine is unique and based on the simplicity of raw materials, cooked with skillful craftsmanship. Tuscan history speaks of agriculture and simple living, therefore dishes are based around the use of the ingredients of common people who could not afford luxuries in the kitchen – olive oil replacing lard, vegetables as a base for the soups instead of meat, chestnut flour, and so on. Everyone will prepare genuine ingredients using ancient culinary traditions and methods, creating delicious Tuscan everything frompanzanella, pappa al pomodoro, pici, lasagna, risotto, roast pork loin, duck, tripe, to cantuccini and tiramisù.
Each class is 2 to 3 hours long. Following each cooking class, everyone dines together enjoying the foods that were prepared in the class with Signor Francesco’s Tuscan wine included.
Advanced Cooking classes are for both home cook or chef with challenging recipes and higher level techniques.
Gaiole in Chianti
The village of Gaiole is located approximately 40 km southeast of Florence and 15 km northeast of Siena in the Chianti hills, the most famous region of Tuscany. Gaiole in Chianti, like the whole Chianti region, is famous for its wine, artisan food products, and the unique romantic beauty of its landscapes: beautifully tended vineyards and olive groves, gently rolling hills, restored Medieval villages and farmhouses and characteristic avenues of stately poplar trees. Once a market town on the road from Chianti to Valdarno, Gaiole is still a wonderful place to visit for its wine shops, osterias, and local artisan shops, and perhaps more than any other village, represents the divine Tuscan landscape visitors dream of.
Classes begin at 10:30am or at 3:30pm.
Cooking Vacations Program Includes:
- Hands-on cooking class preparing a full course Tuscan lunch or dinner.
- A bottle of local wine and a bottle of water included.
$225 per person, based on 2 guests cooking.
$285 per person, based on 2 guests cooking.
For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.
* Please note: One-day cooking classes do not include transportation, accommodations, or any other excursions. If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to provide a price and reserve the transfer(s) for you. If you have a non-cooker who would like dine, but not cook, please let us know and we will also send you pricing.