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Cooking class at a Farmhouse in Tuscany


Description

A full day hands-on Cooking Class in a stunning setting in the Tuscan countryside including a food tour through the historic central food market of Florence. Led by a local food-lover guide, you will enjoy tastings and experience Tuscan food like a real local as well as buying the ingredients in this vibrant market.

On arrival in our beautiful farmhouse, you will start creating a complete menu, from appetizer to dessert, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, the majority of which come from the vegetable garden of the farmhouse!

Be prepared to role up your sleeves and learn to cook as Tuscan grandmas and mums do every day in their kitchens for their families. Master the secrets of traditional dishes that you will easily re-create at home for your friends and family. The cooking lesson is suitable for beginners and for those who can already cook.

Then finally we will all sit together on a terrace hosting incredible views over the Tuscan hills and just like a big Italian family, we will take time to enjoy the food we have prepared together. Buon appetito!

Highlights

  • Small-group Italian cooking class at a breathtaking farmhouse set in the rolling hills of Tuscany!
  • Florence morning food tour with tastings
  • Explore San Lorenzo's colourful Mercato Centrale
  • Hands on experience: learn to make Bruschetta, home-made Pasta, Tuscan roast pork with potatoes and Tiramisù
  • Enjoy your freshly cooked meal accompanied with wine after the class

What you can expect

First discover Florence's historical food market where the locals do their daily shopping. Blend in with the locals. Meet the bakers, the butchers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their fields. Their stalls are full of items such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, cured meats, balsamic vinegar, sun dried tomatoes, olives and many other Italian food specialities. Shop for the ingredients to use for the cooking class and learn to choose the best seasonal products.

Then it's time to start your cooking lesson at a farmhouse in Tuscany. This isn't just a demonstration, you will actually take part in creating a full traditional Tuscan meal with our chef's help. You will learn to make real Italian fresh pasta by hand with freshly laid eggs and learn to make a traditional meat sauce using ingredients from right outside the door!

Learn to prepare classic bruschetta with fresh bread, homegrown tomatoes and the farmhouse's own extra virgin olive oil and then take a break to enjoy the bruschetta with a glass of Chianti wine.

After the break it's back to the lesson where you will learn how to prepare traditional Tuscan roast pork, arista and Tuscan roast potatoes using fresh herbs collected from around the farmhouse. To finish the class, you will learn the secrets of the wonderful Italian coffee and cream dessert, Tiramisù.

At last sit down to enjoy a wonderful meal. Each course will be paired with a carefully selected wine from the region to compliment the flavors of the food you have prepared. At the end of your meal, your driver will be waiting for you for a short drive back to Florence, so it's time to say arrivederci after an unforgettable experience in Tuscany.



Prices

  • Adult 150 each person
  • Youth 145 each person
  • Group fares get an extra 5 off per person if you are in a group of six or more adults/youths

What includes

  • Florence Food walking tour
  • Transportation from Florence to the farmhouse and back
  • Cooking lesson and lunch with wine
  • Recipes
  • An Italian cooking diploma for your hard work!

Things to note

  • On Sundays and public holidays NO VISIT to the San Lorenzo's Mercato Centrale (instead there will be a visit of the vegetable garden at the estate where you can pick the fresh ingredients)
  • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, we are unable to accept anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users
  • We regret that vegetarian or other alternative dietary requirements cannot be catered for

Our Reviews on

Robyn S
The best thing my husband and I could have done was listen to our friends when they insisted that we take the Florence ( Tuscany country side) cooking class. It was a chance of a lifetime and we are forever grateful for our tour guide Lavinia and Isak, our chef for the day. We spent a week in Italy traveling to Rome, Florence, Positano and Capri and this day in Florence was hands down the most special. Not only did we make some new friends but we learned so much and got to create some of the most delicious food! Highly recommended!
Review date: 28 april 2019
djanziwksbsisnaiasn
Totally recommend this experience, well worth the money! We had Isak & Carmella today who were great and hularious together. Came away with lots of things to try at home for our friends & family
Review date: 28 april 2019
thaninee
I chose this cooking class for my birthday trip to Italy and I made the right choice. Booking process and how to meet at the meeting point were very easy. Hospitality was great. The 4 dishes were amazing and easy to follow...and of course they were delicious. It was one of the unforgettable lunches for me in that wonderful place. Highly recommended.
Review date: 28 april 2019
AlisaG812
I booked this event with some trepidation, I must admit. I’ve never really like group tour things and I wasn’t sure I wanted to devote such a large chunk of our time in Florence to one thing. But I am so glad we did this. Isak met us at the train station, and we headed for the market to buy proteins, basil, cheese, etc. Then we walked to a nice mini-bus that took us up the hills to an amazing spot above the city. There, Carmela, was waiting for us. Between Isak and Carmela, we had an extremely informative and humorous time making pesto, bruschetta, ragu, pasta and tiramisu. As with most groups of strangers, it started out a little quiet but by the time we had all worked together on the meal, and drank a little Chianti, we were laughing and having a great time. And then, the meal we had prepared together was delicious! I’m a pretty good home cook, but I learned a lot and can’t wait to try these recipes at home.
Review date: 28 april 2019
Geri M
Christian and Luca were amazing and fun! My husband and I had so much fun learning to make Gelato and true Italian pizza. If you visit Florence take this tour you won’t regret it.
Review date: 28 april 2019
JildaRosario
When I first read the reviews before purchasing the class for my husband and me, the reviews were SO good, I thought they might be fake. But we signed up anyway and we are here to tell you, the class was even BETTER than thoser reviews! First of all, Isak and Carmela are Class-A chefs plus they are a great comedy duo! We started out on a tour of the market, buying all the freshest ingredients, first-hand, for our meal. Then a small tour bus drove us to a great Tuscan farmhouse with a kitchen to-die-for where we prepared our meal, step by step. Afterwards, we sat outside and enjoyed the fruits of our labor ( and more wine!). It was a wonderful experience that we will remember always. We even prepared a tiramisu for our family Easter brunch and our bocce team the next day...a BIG hit! Isak is an excellent instructor and gave terrific preparation lessons that were easy to follow and understand. Carmela doesn't speak English but is so much fun and you understand what she is telling you through Italian gestures and music. We finished the day enjoying wonderful wine and our delicious meal. It was so good one of the students asked Isak and Carmela is they had prepared a side meal to replace what we were doing. She couldn't believe WE had done such a great job - LOL! Thank you, Isak and Carmela for a memorable and very fun experience we will never forget.
Review date: 27 april 2019
rockyandamy
Absolutely outstanding tour. My wife and I were celebrating our honeymoon and thought this would be fun. We weren't wrong! Isak helped everyone feel at ease and was very open to answering questions and providing good info about the local market. We visited the market the day before but learned so much more in the tour. The Tuscan villa where we cooked is gorgeous and the kitchen is even more spectacular. There was plenty of space and we were encouraged, but not pressured, to help prepare the food and ask questions. We learned all the steps and all the food we made together as a group tasted amazing! Carmela kept everyone positive with her great energy and knowledge. We would do this tour again in a heartbeat, we can't recommend it enough! Just a heads up, you meet at the train station and get dropped off at the library on the other side of town.
Review date: 27 april 2019
danielf2012
I’m here now. Honestly you won’t be able to fault it. The view is unreal. The company run this as gentle, joyful professionals. Simply everything is authentic, informative, beautiful and tasty. An experience that you will remember all your life and even smile about on your deathbed!
Review date: 27 april 2019
James F
Isak's tour of the Mercato Centrale started the day, buying ingredients for the feast. Then up above Florence to a magical farmhouse with spectacular views, where we met Carmela, our host and a force of nature. With her spirited instructions and a song for everything, and Isak's translation and commentary, we learned to cook like authentic Tuscans. And then, the best part: sitting down to a huge lunch with plenty of wine with our new friends. A perfect experience!
Review date: 26 april 2019
lcalixto808
If you're a food fanatic, and love Italian food and exciting experiences- this is a must in Florence. We met at the train station and walked over the market where Chef Isak taught us about the local food and ingredients, and sampled a few items like 'salted Italian bread' (inside joke- go on the tour to hear it). We then walked over to our bus, which brought us to the most beautiful private estate overlooking the rolling hillsides of Tuscany. I couldn't believe my eyes and was completely taken away by the ambiance. We went inside and met Chef Carmela who was so enthusiastic and so adorable. She doesn't speak much English but Chef Isak would translate her Italian. We made fresh pesto, ragu, bruschetta (brus-ketta), potatoes, roast, homemade pasta, tiramisu, and enjoyed bottles and bottles of red wine. Chef Isak and Carmela, and staff, made our experience completely unforgettable- we made good food, and new friends from around the world. I would love to do this again in the future! Check out my photos below. You won't regret it! Happy travels!
Review date: 24 april 2019