Castel Monastero is a centre for sampling and developing Tuscan gourmet culture.
In the spectacular area encompassing the resort’s restaurant and cellars, a series of advanced cookery courses are organised and run by renowned Italian chefs and wine waiters.
We are delighted to introduce the “Tuscan Retreat Cookery Program”. Created by stellar chef Gordon Ramsay and the Resident head chef, 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 short classes (2 hours) and advanced (3 hours), followed by dinner, and guests can choose to focus on local specialties or dishes from the Italian tradition.
Beginning in the afternoon in our kitchen, 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.
Classic Tuscan – beginner level, duration 2 hours – 170.00 € p.p.
- Traditional pappa al pomodoro
Classic Italian – beginner level, duration 2 hours – 195.00 € p.p.
- “Tagliatelle alla puttanesca”
The beginner level courses will be followed by a three course lunch or dinner (beverages excluded)
Classic Tuscan – advanced level, duration 2 hours – 240.00 € p.p.
- “Triglie alla livornese” (mullet)
- “Pici all’aglione” (typical spaghetti from Siena)
Classic Italian – advanced level, duration 3 hours – 320.00 € p.p.
- Ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, butter and sage sauce
- Filet of sea bass with aromatic bread, served with potatoes and leeks
The advanced level courses will be followed by a four course lunch or dinner (beverages excluded)
All prices are per person and include the 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.