Scuola Tessieri: a new brand of Italian cooking school

Now this is a great idea. If you just happen to  be in Italy …

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52 courses for the spring for amateurs and professionals

(FEBRUARY 17, 2016 – 14:05)

Twenty-five minutes from both Florence and Pisa, Scuola Tessieri offers something new on the Italian cooking school scene: a convivial and easy-going culinary experience for food lovers of every level.

Just five minutes from the Ponsacco exit of the Florence-Pisa-Livorno highway, the modern, multifunctional school teaches amateur cooks and professional chefs not only to prepare traditional recipes but also to learn about the history and development of Italian cuisine.

The teaching staff is an impressive lineup, including two-Michelin-starred chefs Valeria Piccini (Caino, Montemerano) and Giuseppe Mancino (Il Piccolo Principe, Viareggio), and pastry chefs Domenico di Clemente (Il Palagio Four Seasons Florence – 1 Michelin star) and Loretta Fanella (formerly El Bulli – 3 Michelin stars), among others. Lessons are personalized and instructors make a concerted effort not to be overly technical or tedious when it comes to details, keeping the atmosphere light and interesting. All lessons end with students and staff eating the food they’ve just prepared.

Fifty-two amateur courses have been introduced from February to June 2016, offering opportunities to learn how to make fresh pasta, vegan dishes, Tuscan soups and much more. Courses are offered in Italian and English.

The setting is as modern Tuscan as the range of courses on offer: open spaces, wooden floors, large windows and metal counters are the distinguishing features of the kitchen teaching areas, while the spectacular bar takes centreplace in its bold blueness.

For a taste of the Scuola, visit on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 pm.

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And do check out the site. Even if your busy schedule doesn’t permit a quick jaunt to Italy, you can still learn something.

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