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Cooking courses

Cooking courses 2017

We are delighted to introduce the “Tuscan Retreat Cookery program”. Created by stellar chef Gordon Ramsay and the Resident Chef Stylianos Sakalis, the program is a journey into the true essence of Tuscan and Italian cuisine, highlighting the finest dishes and freshest ingredients from the region.

Guests are taught how to recreate dishes featured at Castel Monastero in their own home. The programs offered are beginners classes and advanced, followed by dinner, and guests can choose to focus on local specialities or dishes from the Italian tradition.

Beginning in the afternoon in our kitchen (from 15:00 pm), the Chef and a member of his brigade will brief you on the signature dishes that you will learn to create, explaining the ingredients and preparation methods that are fundamental to the dishes. Courses will have up to a maximum 5 persons attending, and each guest will receive one to one guidance and tuition.

After the demonstration and cooking, guests will move on to the restaurant for dinner. Our chefs will recreate the dishes for you to enjoy together with wines selected by our sommelier that complement the menu and will explain the reasons for the selection. Dessert and coffee will follow and each guest is presented with the recipe cards of the dishes created to take home as a memento and of course for reference in recreating the dishes at home.

The Classic Tuscan courses will be followed by dinner in the Tuscan restaurant “La Cantina” (3 courses, beverages excluded), while for the Classic Italian Course dinner will be in the gourmet restaurant “Contrada”* (4 courses, beverages excluded).

*The gourmet restaurant “Contrada” is open from 1st May to 31st October 2016. Outside this period, and closing days, dinner for the Classic Italian courses will be in the restaurant “La Cantina”.



Classic Tuscan – beginner level, duration 2 hours 180 € p.p.

Traditional “Pappa al pomodoro”

Cantucci biscuits


Traditional “Pappa al pomodoro” – preparation, cooking and presentation

Cantucci – preparation of dough and baking

Classic Tuscan – advanced level, duration 2 hours 250 € p.p.

“Pici all’aglione” (typical  spaghetti from Siena)

“Triglie alla livornese” (mullet)


Pici all’aglione – preparation and dough kneading, preparation and cooking of the sauce, presentation

“Triglie alla livornese” – cleaning and filleting, preparation and cooking of the sauce, presentation

Classic Italian – beginner level, duration 2 hours 250 € p.p.

Homemade Ravioli filled with prawns and burrata cheese, courgettes coulis



Homemade Ravioli – preparation and dough kneading, preparation and cooking of the sauce, presentation

Tiramisù – preparation of cream, presentation

Classic Italian – advanced level, duration 2 hours 350 € p.p.

Beef tartare with arugola salad and Grana Padano cheese

Sea bass fillet in a potato crust with seasonal vegetables

“Panna cotta” with mixed berries and white chocolate


Beef tartare – meat selection, preparation and presentation

Sea bass fillet - cleaning and filleting, preparation and cooking, presentation

“Panna cotta” – preparation and presentation


All prices are per person and include the indicated activities, the portfolio of recipes and the cookery school apron.


All programs are subject to availability. Limited numbers of places available. We require confirmation 10 days prior to the actual date of the course. Reservations can be made by e-mail or fax and are subject to reconfirmation.


Tel. +39 0577 570 001

Fax. +39 0577 570 868



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