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pulled pork Sep 5, 2007 04:10 AM

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.

Thanks,
Jonathan

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    nyebaby37 Sep 5, 2007 01:23 PM

    This was recommended by the Italian Tourism Board:
    http://www.tuscany-cooking-class.com/...

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      pankofish Sep 5, 2007 01:35 PM

      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.

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      zerlina Sep 5, 2007 02:49 PM

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

      http://www.apicius.it/

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        markabauman Sep 5, 2007 02:53 PM

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

        http://www.italcook.it/

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          kamper Sep 16, 2007 01:49 PM

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

          I can also offer more information if you are interested.

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            bradydogdc Jul 17, 2010 12:39 PM

            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?
            thanks.

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              pulled pork Jul 28, 2010 05:20 PM

              Contact Judy Witts at her site. http://divinacucina.blogspot.com/2010...

              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 neighborhoodchef.blogspot.com. Good luck.

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          rempartner Sep 12, 2007 12:11 PM

          Go to Joanne Weir's website: www.joanneweir.com
          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. ChefJune Sep 12, 2007 12:34 PM

            Mary Beth Clark, CCP runs the International Cooking School of Italian Food and Wine http://www.internationalcookingschool.com/marybethclark.html 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: http://cookingcareer.shawguides.com/

            1. Clove17402 Sep 18, 2007 07:45 AM

              Brilla (the pasta maker) has a restuarant school in Parma and can tailor instruction to your level and interest. Might be worth a look http://www.academiabarilla.com/

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                etooth Jul 18, 2010 02:47 PM

                We had a fantastic class at ecco la cucina which is taught by Gina Stipo in her facility in a restored mill in the countryside south of Siena. We had about two hours of making our own pasta, lamb roast, panzinella followed by a long wonderful meal eating our handiwork. Of course, wine was featured at each course. ( http://www.eccolacucina.com/contactec...)

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