The cooking course starts from the fundamental choice of fresh and genuine ingredients: in the morning the participants go with Alessandro to the historic Sant’Ambrogio market or to selected Florentine shops. That’s the shopping ritual! This becomes an amazing way to get to know Florence with the eyes of a Florentine and to capture sounds, colors and smells that make this city unique in the world.
After choosing and purchasing the best ingredients, you will meet in the kitchen on the top floor of the building in Piazza della Signoria which houses the Boutique Hotel. Here begins the cooking class which consists of preparing an appetizer, a first course and a second course of the Tuscan and Mediterranean tradition, with a menu that always varies according to the seasons and the ingredients available.
As a great lover of the sea – as soon as he can, he take off with his sailboat – the chef likes to include fish-based recipes on the menu, which will surprise you with their goodness but also ease in being prepared. You join the preparation and cooking with Alessandro, who also tell you funny stories in the meanwhile. Because we know that cooking is sociality and culture, sharing stories that tell us about the past and enrich our wealth of knowledge. They make us aware of our connection with nature and its products.
After completing the preparation of the dishes you move into the dining room with a view of Piazza della Signoria, where, after setting the table according to the Italian tradition, you can enjoy the dishes prepared by the course participants and share the experience. Conviviality is one of the founding characteristics of Tuscan cuisine: the pleasure of being together and sharing one’s own experiences in addition to food represents a ritual in Tuscany that finds few equals in other parts of the world.
Minimum 4, Maximum 10
4 hours, starting from shopping at the food market
The class aims to teach the preparation of a menu consisting of appetizer, first and second courses with a high vitamin content.
The class aims to teach the preparation of a menu consisting of appetizer, first and second courses with high protein content.
The class aims to teach the preparation of a menu consisting of appetizer, first and second courses with a high carbohydrate content.
Alessandro is a true showman as well as being a good teacher: D
Now I can truly say that I can cook authentic recipes from the Tuscan tradition.
It was a wonderful occasion to have an international dinner with new friends
Unbelievable, now I can make homemade pasta! I come home and maybe I open a restaurant...ahahhah