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Sep 5, 2007 04:10 AM

Chef looking for culinary class in Italy

Hello all. I am looking to take some classes in Italy this winter. Kind of a renewal of my skill set and a chance to immerse myself in hands on Italian regional cooking. Have already been in contact with Divinacucina in Florence about market tours and cooking class.

Currently looking in the Florence area but will be grateful for more suggestions anywhere in Italy.


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    1. re: nyebaby37

      Make sure that you find a professional-oriented class rather than a foodie type class. I attended the Etoile Institute of Italian Cooking in Chioggia, south of Venice and loved it, but I believe it is now defunct. If you are serious, and I mean really serious, there is the Slow Food University. It's a 3 year program.

    2. You might want to look into this professional school in Florence:

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      1. re: zerlina

        I know some professionals (there's also an amateur program) who have taken courses given by Slow Food-associated ItalCook in Jesi, Le Marche.

        1. re: zerlina

          I am currently attending school at Apicius in Florence...another website to check out which is easier to read is:

          I can also offer more information if you are interested.

          1. re: kamper

            Hi, I saw your old post about attending apicius in Florence. My son is looking at this for the year program. Can you tell me what you thought? Was it worth it?

            1. re: bradydogdc

              Contact Judy Witts at her site.

              I ended up renting an apartment in Florence for a month, having classes with Judy for a week plus some Tuscan touring with her. She introduced me to all the shop owners and some chefs in Florence. I sat in at a kitchen during mornings, shopped at the market by noon, walked the city and ate by day and then cooked my own dinner each night at my apartment Learned more for less than any program and loved every second if it. You can also look at my blog from the trip at Good luck.

        2. Go to Joanne Weir's website:
          She is a PBS cook and and great food maven. She has several classes coming in October in Venice and Tuscany. The Venice class is with Gary Danko, the great chef of SF. She is also a terrific person.

          1. Mary Beth Clark, CCP runs the International Cooking School of Italian Food and Wine http://www.internationalcookingschool... in Bologna.

            Since that is the "culinary capital" of Italy, it might be of particular interest.

            Also, here is a link to a large list of cooking schools that might prove interesting:

            1. Brilla (the pasta maker) has a restuarant school in Parma and can tailor instruction to your level and interest. Might be worth a look