Chef Gaetano’s philosophy is “see, smell and eat it” and each day, Chef Gaetano 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. Gaetano comes from the South of Italy but has worked in many countries and many different parts of Italy, all of which has influenced his style of cooking. He spent a lot of time in Tuscany and especially loves Tuscan food. His favorite ingredients are flour and olive oil, and he loves preparing homemade pasta, risotto and all dishes where we you’ll find fresh seasonal vegetables.
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. Together with Chef Gaetano you will assemble genuine ingredients using ancient culinary traditions and authentic preparation methods, creating dishes such as panzanella, pappa al pomodoro, pici, lasagna, risotto, roast pork loin, duck, tripe, cantuccini and tiramisù.
Each class is 2 to 3 hours long, and afterwards students sit together and dine on the fruits of their labor. All meals are of course accompanied by local wine.
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.
$250 per person, based on two people cooking. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
$365 per person, based on single cooker. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
* 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.