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Tuscan Hands on Cooking Classes

4 or 5 hour cooking classes available

Half-day Tour

Experience authentic Tuscan food while cooking up a storm with an english speaking italian chef. We offer hands on cooking classes in a medieval tower just outside of Florence. Suitable for beginners to the more experienced cook, these classes are fun yet very informative and you learn to prepare a complete meal from beginning to end.

Both of the class offerings involve hands on fresh pasta making, the tricks to the tuscan cooking techniques and a vast menu even for the basic classes from antipasto to dessert. You'll cook together with the Chef and then eat what you have prepared following the class. A full meal is served so you can relax and savour your efforts whilst making new friends, having a laugh over a glass of wine and experiencing the tuscan lifestyle of times gone by.

A Taste of Tuscany

4 hour introduction class - € 140 per person.

'The Tastes of Tuscany Class is a focus on Tuscan cuisine and the preparation of a classical meal from antipasto, first course (usually fresh pasta with a sauce), second course , a side dish which is always a vegetable and then of course dessert. We are happy to take requests and to customize the menus to suit everyone.

Full Flavours

5 hour immersion class - € 190 per person.

The Full Flavours Class is a 5 course class and can include but not limited to authentic Tuscan antipasti, fresh pasta making, the colouring and flavouring of pasta and stuffed pastas such as ravioli. We can also cover gnocchi making techniques and sauces, perfect risotto's or tuscan soups beginning with making the broth. Then for the second course; meats which could also include stuffing the meat and/or preparation of local game, a vegetable dish and scrumptious desserts. The course is 5 hours and allows more time to explore more techniques and to prepare more dishes. You will make 2 first courses. In total 5 courses for lunch. The true Italian way. No big breakfast before coming please!

The cooking classes are offered almost nearly every weekday and then on weekends on request. Dietary requirements can normally be catered to as well as larger groups. You do not need to be an experienced cook to enjoy either of these classes. The instruction is clear, the atmosphere relaxed and you can be as hands on or as 'sit back and watch while enjoying some wine' as you like. The chefs share with you invaluable tricks and advice... most passed down to them by mothers or grandmothers. The fee for both classes include membership to the 'International Food & Wine Association' and a recipe book with over 100 recipes. The Full Flavours class also includes the signature apron. Transport from Florence can be arranged for an extra charge of €10 per person round trip. Extra virgin olive oil, local ceramics and Chianti wine can also be purchased after the course.