CIBO-Culinary Institute of Bologna

Bologna, Italy

Bologna Hospitality Travel presents foodie tours and cooking classes at the Culinary Institute of Bologna (CIBO), Bologna's premier premier cooking school for foodies in Italy.

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5 Days Culinary Holidays in Italy

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Instructors 1

Stefano Corvucci

Stefano believes that cooking must be a shared experience. His job is to question and then to listen. He views himself more as a facilitator, imparting knowledge, answering questions, and coming up with a plan of what to prepare for a meal but always starting from the student-cook taste and preference. The goal is for the students to leave with the knowledge that they can return home to wherever they live and duplicate what they made at the school. His classes are about learn cooking skills and having fun.

Testimonials 18

  • Dena C United States

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    CIBO is a great place to learn many aspects of fine Italian cooking made from the freshest of ingredients. We enjoyed our first time so much in 2015, that we returned in 2017 for another day of cooking. Dot. Stefano Corvucci is a personable man and a fine chef and instructor. We hope to do this again some day. Cooking on a vacation is a great way to bring something home that can last forever!

  • a traveler United States

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    In early 2016 I made the decision to travel from the U.S. to Bologna for the purpose of learning the craft of pasta making. I wanted experienced restaurant chefs who understood the demands of professional kitchens and were also committed to the highest standards of teaching proper technique and execution. I found all this at CIBO with chef Stefano and chef Lucia. Teaching on professional equipment, Chefs Stefano and Lucia were both very generous with their regional knowledge and technical expertise. Chef Stefano, the owner, is excellent in every way a teaching chef should be. And chef Lucia is one of the best instructors and passes to you all the knowledge and passion for Bolognese cuisine she has to offer. Lastly, if you are lucky you will meet Katia, the pasta maker for the restaurant. Watch her in action and marvel at how fast and perfectly she makes enormous amounts of hand rolled tagliatelle every day.

  • Sara Kelly

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    My husband and I had the most fab time learning how to cook three traditional pasta dishes... plus the flowing pignoletto!

  • Melanie Jansen-Donohue

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    I did a 3 day course at CIBO 3 years ago and it was fabulous. I try to do cooking courses in every country I go to and it is very hard to find a course that is truly a cooking course and not just a cooking demonstration with the odd bit of helping to chop/stir. CIBO is perfect if you want to learn some serious skills in Italian cooking - my dinner parties have been up a notch ever since! It's fun, the instructors are awesome and you learn a lot. I'm going to Italy again next year and am planning to do another course at CIBO. Can't wait!!

  • Konrad K. Germany

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    My wife and me had a great day in June at CIBO in Bologna. Stefano Corvucci the chef had other obligations, but we learned a lot with Gabriela and Christina in a warm atmosphere with a lot of fun. Starting with shopping the ingredients at the market for a wonderful menu was an experience of its own: meat, chicken, vegetables, cheese and much more went into our basket before preparing a wonderful lunch. Choosing the right products, compiling the menu and working hands-on, that was what I was looking for: stuffing zucchini blossoms, de-boning a chicken, preparing cotoletta bolognese, creating sauces from bones and vegetables, rolling and cutting tagliatelle, stuffing tortellini and tortelloni, preparing ragu, making tiramisu, and sampling all this! It was a great day and we had a lot of fun with Gabriella who guided us professionally.

  • Sophia-Sharee Australia

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    I did a morning pasta class with Gabriela and it was one of my highlights from Italy! Gabriela made it fun and friendly while also clearly explaining exactly what to do. We made delicious pasta and sauces and sat down to eat it with a nice glass of red wine. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to really experience the freshness and flavors of Bologna!

  • a traveler Israel

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    A month ago, I took a three day cooking course at the Cibo culinary institute of bologna. I have prior experience in cooking, mainly in Italian and Bolognese cooking, and over the years have taken cooking classes and seminars in Italy. After reading enthusiastic reviews on TripAdvisor, I was expecting an above average course, but what I received exceeded all expectations. Chef Stefano and his team were professional, with never-ending patience, lots of enthusiasm and good will to share their knowledge with the students. The planned schedule of 8 hours a day in their amazing kitchen ran way beyond the scheduled time, the clock did not interest anyone. The fresh ingredients that were purchased every morning in the market were of the highest quality and generous portions. Stefano was attentive to my needs and desires, and throughout the entire course I felt as if he and his team were intent on sharing their vast kitchen experience with me, and to make my time with them as pleasant as possible. Unlike prior courses in which I took part, the emphasis here was not on the recipes, not that they were lacking, but rather on cooking methods and techniques, allowing one to acquire the knowledge to create infinite possible combinations limited only by one’s imagination. In short, I learned how to cook. From the first moment, Stefano made me feel at home, part of the family, and after three days, I left with the feeling that I had not only learned an incredible amount of culinary skills, but also gained new friends. At the end of those three days, I felt as if I had completed at least one month of tutoring. Thanks Stefano, I will return.

  • Ioana C. Romania

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    Wonderful afternoon learning the secrets of bolognese pasta. Michelle, the chef, was a friendly, fun, yet demanding teacher, who made this cooking class a special and unique experience. Thank you, Michelle! Highly recommended!

  • Gabriella United States

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    I love to cook. I love the way that food can create a memory, that a meal can have such an impact, and that it can bring people together from such different backgrounds to a common purpose. I chose to take the full day cooking course because I was looking for a challenge. I wanted to walk away knowing that I could do justice to the beautiful food that Bologna (and really Italy in general) has to offer and I truly feel confident that I can. Michelle and Gabriella (who shares my name!) were such amazing teachers. We went to the market in the morning to get our supplies and by then I already knew, I was in for quite an education. I worked one on one with Michelle the entire day, starting with filled pastas in the morning and ending with a beautiful five-dish dinner in the evening. We were joined by Gabriela and another couple in the afternoon session, and it was so much fun having a full kitchen. Michelle could not have been a better teacher. From knife skills to pasta rolling techniques, I feel like I have learned at least six months of skills in one day. Having attempted making pasta on my own before this trip, I not only learned what I had done wrong, but how I could build on what I learned today when I practice at home. I am so looking forward to using these skills when I get back home! I can't recommend these classes enough. If I had more time in Bologna, I would sign up for another session! Thank you to Michelle and Gabriela for making my trip such a wonderful experience!

  • a traveler United Kingdom

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    CIBO is an authentic culinary school in the heart of Bologna, attached to a popular, vibrant restaurant. It is run by Stefano and two great chefs, Michelle and Gabrielle. I booked a two-day course where I was taught to make pasta, sauces, meat, and vegetable recipes. Michelle was a patient, informative, friendly, and communicative chef. A perfect course for those who require chef's tips and to gain confidence in the kitchen. I was joined at various times by friendly Americans, Australians, and a well-behaved, French, hen party of eight. The school is flexible for the solo travelers (I was made very welcome by the chefs and teachers), families, friends etc. Health and safety requires shoes and trainers for kitchen work and you are expected to arrive promptly for the market walk or shopping at the beginning of the day. Apart from that just turn up and enjoy the cooking. I found it a wonderful experience.

  • a traveler United States

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    I have always wanted to properly learn how to cook in the traditions of Bologna, renowned for its excellent cuisine. I booked an evening class for four hours of learning how to prepare the Bolognese ragu as it should be. Stefano lead me through step by step method of creating a meat sauce that was primarily of meat and not overwhelmed by too much tomato. He watched as I fumbled through the procedures and gave me guidance when I was running off course, in a friendly and enjoyable way. By far the highlight of my trip to Europe was to take that class from the Maestro Stefano Corvucci. CIBO is well worth the time and effort. You will learn how to cook authentic and delicious fare, but will be able to eat and enjoy a fine meal with most pleasant company, Stefano and your fellow students of CIBO.

  • Charles United States

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    CIBO (Stefano Corrucci) was a wonderful experience. The shopping trip to the market, the instruction and application made this a "world class experience". The final meal was beyond our expectations. CIBO will certainly be a stop for us on our next Italy trip.

  • a traveler United States

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    Attending the CIBO was our sole reason for visiting Bologna. We completed the two-day course in October 2015 and wished our time allowed for even more lessons. The morning visit to the market was a highlight each day as it reinforced the principle of buying the finest and freshest ingredients. It became so clear why this is important as the lessons unfolded. And perhaps more importantly, Stefano and Lucia were so interested to learn what we liked to eat, what foods we could find at home and what we wanted to learn. They tailored one entire menu around our tastes for seafood, for example. The staff at CIBO were terrific in all respects, and we also enjoyed meeting the very small group of other students. The facility is impressive and impeccably clean - a beautiful commercial kitchen with all the equipment and facilities. The food we prepared was, although way too much, the best food of our entire trip to Italy! The wine, the espresso, and the deserts were plentiful and delicious as well.

  • Jonathan United States

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    The best food I ate in bologna came from our class. I learned a lot of things I had been doing wrong when our came to pasta making and bologna cooking. Highly recommended. A relaxed atmosphere and you get to keep the apron.

  • Amal United States

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    What a fun night. My clients all had a wonderful time, many of them cooking for the first time. I love how Stefano and his staff had my entire group, even the men who never cooked before, and swore they wouldn't, Stefano had them very excited about cooking. I always include a cooking lesson in my culinary wine tours and Stefano makes CIBO a must on my next tour through Bologna. Grazie Stefano and CIBO!

  • a traveler United States

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    I have attended many courses at various Culinary Institutes and the local college that has a degree program in Culinary Arts. Lucia, the chef instructor at CIBO, was wonderful. The class was for two people, perfect for true learning. My fellow student was also a foodie and fun to work with.Lucia agreed to take us to the market to shop for our ingredients after offering us a choice of what dishes we wanted to learn. Her English is excellent and we chose three pastas and four sauces. We walked to the fresh open market, selected our cheeses, meats, veggies, and fruits. She showed us how to recognize real parmagianno from other cheeses that are sometimes sold as the real thing.She described the ingredients in detail so we knew how to find them in the states. When we returned to CIBO, we were brought into the new, bright, professional, and clean kitchen just for lessons. CIBO has two such kitchens. They also have a pasta room with large tables for rolling pasta sheets. She showed us what to do but made sure we did the actual work so we would remember it. She explained why things were done a certain way. We made everything ourselves, pastas, ragu, bolognese sauce (which is the best I have ever had), and two other sauces. We were given access to the recipes on line and left with a certificate that I will treasure as it was a wonderful memory. She is patient, very talented as a chef and fun to work with. Our lesson was to be from 8:30 to 12:30 but at 14:00 we sat down and enjoyed our dishes with some lovely red wine, she did not rush us. A very relaxing and productive lesson. I will be making lots of pasta when I return home. I highly recommend this school for a valuable lesson that is relaxing and personalized.

  • Nancy United States

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    This class exceeded my expectations from the moment we walked in the door. We did the full day cooking class- which I highly recommend versus the half day class. We learned how to make tagliatelle, ravioli, and tortelloni along with the stuffings and sauces. Lucia was great at simplifying pasta making and I feel like I will be able to easily replicate it at home.In the afternoon, we learned how to debone a chicken and rabbit (with great patience from Falina). Stephano was an awesome teacher and cared about providing a truly memorable experience for us. The whole group made this experience so much fun and educational and I am glad that we chose CIBO for our cooking experience. It is a must for any foodie or one wanting to learn how to cook an authentic italian meal!

  • Cameron Canada

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    Influenced by a 'foodie' colleague, and as a novice in the field of cooking, I recently attended the CIBO Culinary Institute in Bologna for a three-day cooking course - and came away with not only a whole new set of skills, but also a wonderful philosophy about the preparation of food.The professional environment; the incredibly helpful assistants; the passion for food that flowed from head Chef Stefano; but most importantly, the hands-on experience of food preparation was just the right mix for me to gain confidence and valuable experience. And my lack of knowledge going in was never an issue - I felt right at home from day one.One never felt that we were participating in a set program - but more like colleagues collaborating together to create a wonderful food experience, not just a meal. CIBO definitely went beyond my expectation and I feel very comfortably in recommending it to knowledgeable and novice cooks alike.

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