BECOMING TUSCAN 

with Chef Davide Cerretini
  • One of a kind, customizable cooking course tailored to you and your schedule

  • Go from your current cooking level to mastery of Tuscan cuisine

  • 20 hours of personalized, private lessons with chef Davide Cerretini, live from his kitchen in Tuscany.

Become highly proficient at cooking Tuscan cuisine with a personalized lesson plan, 20 hours of private zoom classes,  and many extras to take your cooking to the next level (and keep it there.)

What is Tuscan cuisine, and how is it different to the typical Italian food we find in restaurants?
Most people think of pizza and pasta when they think of Italian food. Tuscan cuisine is much more varied and interesting than that, having been developed over centuries by the people living there. It is typically rich in flavor, uses the meats, seafood and vegetables of the region, and is less concerned with presentation than many other local foods. It's also very simple once you know exactly how to do it, but very easy to get wrong if you don't. 
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If there's one thing that's certain, it's that we all need to eat. You can keep eating as you always have, or you can take it to the next level and learn skills that will last you a lifetime and have a positive impact on everything you cook for the rest of your life!
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Invite your group to join you from their own kitchens for a uniquely entertaining and informative cooking experience with Chef Davide Cerretini...a cooking class via Zoom!

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  • Everyone finishes with a meal they have made themselves
  • Interact with the chef and each other throughout the class
  • Informative, fun and delicious
  • Taught Live From Volterra, Italy
Imagine inviting your friends and family to cook alongside a real chef in Tuscany from the comfort of their own kitchen. You all buy and prep your ingredients ahead of time, and then you jump on the Zoom call, say cheers with a lovely glass of wine, and get cooking. 
Much laughter and fun later, you have all (hopefully!) created a delicious, gluten-free meal which you can then eat together via Zoom, marveling at the taste and your own skill. 
It's a wonderful way to spend time with loved ones who are far away and an evening that none of you will forget!

We have 2 options for you to choose from: a single course meal (one main dish), or two courses (a main dish and an appetizer).
The rate for one household automatically includes everyone in that home who might be cooking or eating in the same kitchen. So if you are a family of 4 living in the same house, you only pay for 1 household. Your Aunt Gladys and Uncle Reggie would count as 1 other household. And your cousin Linda with her 6 kids would also only count as 1 household.  

  

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PLEASE SEE SAMPLE MENUS BELOW TO SEE SOME OF THE DISHES YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM. 

After you book Chef Davide will contact you to discuss your menu and special dietary requirements. Special requests can be accommodated for an additional fee. You can also add more households later on if needed for 25 EUR each.

Cancel within 24 hours of booking to receive a total refund.

Chef Davide is fluent in English, Spanish and of course, Italian.

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Course Details

What This Unit Covers

Understanding and perfectly preparing the basic sauces are crucial for the making of many Tuscan dishes like Lasagna, seafood pasta, baked pasta, stewing, braising and pan roasting.


In this unit you will learn:


Techniques and tips for preparing sauces and soffritos properly


1. The difference between a sauce and a soffrito.

2. How to plan your recipes ahead of time so you can shop effectively

3. Prepping ingredients and why it's so important to do

4. How to enhance flavors using only a few things you have on hand.

5. Which sauces go with which pastas, and why.

6. Creating an array of delicious sauces and soffritos and using them in dishes.


Sauces and Soffritos (you will choose 5-6 to learn)

Meat Ragu
Bechemel
Tuscan Pesto
Pomodoro Basil
Sage and Butter
Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper)
Alio, Olio e Peperoncino 
Cheese and Egg Yolk 
Porcini Mushroom Ragu
Artichoke and Leek Ragu
Zuchinni Carbonara

Skills Learned


  • Making creamy cheese sauce without the use of any cream
  • How to enhance flavors using only a few basic ingredients
  • The right way to use garlic in in your sauces and soffritos
  • Using Peperoncino and other spices without overwhelming the aromas
  • Using fresh herbs instead of dry spices
  • Improving the flavor of your dishes without changing the ingredients
  • Timing and tips on preparation


What this unit covers

Stewing, roasting and braising form the backbone of Tuscan cooking. We'll be covering all the techniques you need to know to create mouthwatering dishes very simply and easily. 



Dishes (you will choose 5 of these)

  • Nonna's Chicken Stew with Twice Cooked Potatoes
  • Artichokes, Leek, Pea and Fava Bean Stew
  • Tuscan Sausage and Beans
  • Peperonata - Bell Pepper, Basil Tuscan Stew
  • Roast Pork Loin filled with Tuscan Salami
  • Crispty Cornish Hen
  • Roasted Sausage and Potato with Beer
  • Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Reduction
  • Roasted Rabbit with White Wine Reduction
  • Braised Wild Boar with Olives

Skills Learned

  • How to choose the proper vegetables for Tuscan stew
  • How to properly cut and prepare veggies, meats and chicken
  • Timing and procedures for braising 
  • Knowing your ingredients and utensils
  • How to prepare quick pan-roasted meals
  • How to cook with wine
  • How to make a reduction
  • Using fresh herbs
  • Enhancing flavors with just a few steps


COURSE OUTLINE

The Course is designed to be totally flexible, so you can work with Chef Davide before you even begin cooking to come up with the perfect lesson plan for you within each section. If you are gluten free, vegetarian/vegan, or have any other food intolerances, chef Davide will guide you so that you learn by cooking exactly the dishes you want.  

You can also pace yourself as you wish, and have your classes be 2-4 hours long until you have covered all the material (for a total of 20 class hours).

Classes can be spaced out as you choose over a period of 3 months. Each unit is designed to be completed over several classes. 

UNIT 1

Basic Sauces and Soffritos

At the beginning it is vitally important to first learn how to perfectly prepare basic sauces and soffritos, which are crucial to Tuscan cooking. You will create an array of delicious sauces and soffritos and use them in 5-6 of the dishes below over several classes.

If you are already familiar with these sauces we will take your skill set to a new level.

CHOOSE 5-6 OF THESE
  1. Meat Ragu
  2. Bechemel
  3. Tuscan Pesto
  4. Pomodoro Basil
  5. Sage and Butter
  6. Cacio e Pepe 
  7. Alio, Olio e Peperoncino 
  8. Cheese and Egg Yolk 
  9. Porcini Mushroom Ragu
  10. Artichoke and Leek Ragu
  11. Zucchini Carbonara

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • The difference between a sauce and a soffrito.
  • Matching sauces with pastas..how and why it makes such a difference. 
  • Making creamy cheese sauce that tastes amazing without the use of any cream.
  • The right way to use garlic in in your sauces and soffritos.
  • Using Peperoncino and other strong spices without overwhelming the aromas.
  • How and why to use fresh herbs instead of dry spices.
  • Improving the flavor of your dishes without changing any of the ingredients.
  • How to plan your recipes ahead of time so you can shop effectively.

UNIT 2

Stewing, Roasting and Braising

Stewing, roasting and braising form the backbone of Tuscan cooking. We'll be covering all the techniques you need to know to create mouthwatering dishes very simply and easily. 

CHOOSE 5-6 OF THESE
Nonna's Chicken Stew with Twice Cooked Potatoes
Artichokes, Leek, Pea and Fava Bean Stew
Tuscan Sausage and Beans
Peperonata - Bell Pepper, Basil Tuscan Stew
Roast Pork Loin filled with Tuscan Salami
Crispty Cornish Hen
Roasted Sausage and Potato with Beer
Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Reduction
Roasted Rabbit with White Wine Reduction
Braised Wild Boar with Olives

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • How to choose the proper vegetables for Tuscan stew
  • How to cut and prepare veggies, meats and chicken for stews and roasts.
  • Timing and procedures for braising 
  • Knowing your ingredients and utensils
  • How to prepare quick pan-roasted meals
  • How to cook with wine
  • How to make a reduction
  • Using fresh herbs
  • Enhancing flavors with just a few steps

UNIT 3

Tuscan Comfort Food

The secrets of old Tuscan peasant cuisine

CHOOSE 5-6 OF THESE
Nonna's

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

How and what Italians eat in Tuscany
Understanding Tuscan comfort food
How to prepare specific Tuscan peasant food
How to make Ribollita, Pappa Al Pomodoro, Bordatino
How to use bread, polenta and veggies for rustic recipes
Timing and procedures of preparation
Preparations of Tuscan beans, kale and veggies
Tips, suggestions and secrets of old typical dishes