Cooking under the Tuscan sun

Cooking classes


“Welcome to the Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun Experience!
My cooking school offers you one day cooking class, cooking vacations and fun!”
Silvia Baracchi

The classes celebrate traditional Tuscan recipes designed by Silvia Baracchi, Michelin Star chef and owner of Relais& Chateaux Il Falconiere & Spa.

You will learn to cook authentic Tuscan cuisine in focused, spirited classes in our residential style kitchen, using local ingredients personally selected by the Chef FOLLOWING STRICT CRITERIA OF HEALTH, ETHIC USE OF THE LAND. Following your cooking class you will enjoy a seated, served LUNCH OR dinner in our charming dining room, in which we will enjoy the food you have prepared.

When you walk through the front door of our kitchen, you are walking into a house. We carefully designed the Cooking Kitchen to avoid comparisons with stainless steel dominated restaurant kitchens and Cooking Schools. We want you to feel relaxed and at home and so our courses are designed around the sort of cooking you would do in your own kitchen to entertain family and friends:

Our aim is to inspire you and TRANSFORM YOUR WAY OF THINKING ABOUT APPROACHING FOOD. It doesn’t matter what level you are, just come along and enjoy the experience! You’ll learn how to make delicious bread, pasta, stress free main courses, impressive starters and tempting desserts.

Typical programme that can be modified to suit you:

Upon arrival, You are shown to your rooms and made comfortable.
Welcome cocktail with Silvia Baracchi your host for the week.
The aperitif will be followed by a delicious Gourmet dinner in our Michelin star restaurant.
After breakfast welcome in my kitchen for your first cooking lesson. As an example: Frances Mayes menu
Eggplant roll with prosciutto and buffala mozzarella; Pici with cherry tomatoes and aromatic herbs; Beef loin
with shallot and balsamic vinegar; Pear cooked in red wine with cheese and sabayon
Lunch based on your creations paired with our wines
In the afternoon , departure for a guided sightseeing tour of Cortona for a visit of this charming city,
setting of the book and movie “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Dinner at Bottega Baracchi, our Tuscan Bistrò
Today you will visit a local farm: you can see sheep , chickens, rabbits, geese and many other animals. We
will buy the milk we will use for our second lesson focus on making cheese. Light lunch and ready to become
expert cheese makers! Pici Pasta and recipes with ricotta cheese just made, will be the ingredients of our
recipes. Dinner with your creations at the restaurant.
In the morning departure to Montalcino and Montepulciano : you will be captured from the enchanting
landscape of Val d’Orcia. We will visit outstanding wineries and will taste the famous Rosso di
Montepulciano and his majesty the Brunello. Lunch. In the evening tour of the vineyards and winery of the
Baracchi estate including a guided walking through the vineyards and an in-depth explanation of
winemaking from the vineyards to the bottles. followed by the sabrage of our Metodo Classico and wine
tasting during the dinner at the restaurant.
After breakfast we will go to visit a local vegetables producer, close to the relais: we will buy some seasonal
vegetables that will be the genuine ingredients just cut of our last cooking lesson at the Locanda del Molino.
Farwell candlelight dinner at the Locanda : you will receive your cooking certificates.
After Breakfast , checking out procedure depending on your departure schedule.
The program could be modified for unpredictable reasons at the time of writing or under specific Guest request.


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