3 Days Amalfi Coast, Italy Pastry Making Holidays

  • Italian Chef Consulting, Via Carmenna 45, 80063 Piano di Sorrento, Napoli, Italy

Cooking Holidays in Italy

Driven by an immense passion for their profession and culture, two of Italys finest chefs have created a gastronomic trail, investigating the charming Campania region and its amazing authentic dishes. Cooking and pastry courses are taught by chef Giuseppe Somma and the pastry chef Salvatore Vuolo. You will learn great lessons with the chef who works at Michelin-starred restaurant.

Highlights

  • Full day cooking and pastry class
  • Learn to select ingredients, menu planning
  • Full course Italian menu, cooking a la Amalfi Coast
  • Gain basic to advanced cooking skills
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts, lunch
  • 2 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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There are three farmhouses, one in the heart of Amalfi Coast (on Sorrento hill) and two between Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. The Amalfi Coast farmhouse situated on the Sorrento hill is just 10 minutes of Sorrento downtown and 20 minutes from Amalfi and Positano. The other two farmhouses are situated in a relaxing area between Amalfi Coast and Sorrento. Experience a wonderful sense of tranquility and a relaxing environment. The farmhouses have spectacular rooms with all the comforts for the people that would like extend their stay. Enjoy a beautiful panorama and breath-in the clean and fresh air of the Italian hills.

The course is a full immersion from appetizer to the desert. Courses commence at 09:30 and ends at approximately 14:00 or 15:00. You will be welcomed with a gourmet breakfast on the terrace of the farmhouse at 09:30, where you will discuss the menu and ingredients you will be working with. From here, you will pick ingredients from the organic garden and collect all of the fresh ingredients required for the day ahead. More importantly, you will also be made aware of how to exactly identify good product with optimal freshness.

Once you return to the farmhouse, you will begin cooking! You will be provided with professional methods and tricks of the trade. You will learn various authentic methods of cooking and discover how to enhance the Italian flavours. Finally, after you apply all your new found techniques, you will get to enjoy your creation and like all good chefs, critique and discuss the meal. Meals can be served inside or outside, weather permitting.

This retreat will take place in Amalfi Coast, Italy.

Driving directions from from Naples

  • Follow the signs on the A3 highway towards Salerno
  • Take the exit of Castellammare di Stabia and then take the state road SS145 of Sorrento.
  • Once in Piano di Sorrento, turn left on Via Cavone and then right towards Via Meta-Amalfi
  • Once in San Pietro, at the junction with Via Nastro Azzurro, turn left on Via Cermenna and continue for about 300 meters then on your left you will find the entrance of the farmhouse

Arrival by train

From Naples train station, take the Circumvesuviana towards Sorrento. Get off at Piano di Sorrento. From here, you can call Italian Chef Consulting or take the bus from Piazza Cota which will allow you to reach the nearest bus stop to the farmhouse.

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Naples International Airport (NAP).

Testimonials

  • Review by Marc Perez from France
    10 out of 10

    "My wife and I had been doing this course. It was just amazing. We did many different trips like this but here you can feel the real professionalism - the chef working in different Michelin-star restaurants - and we learn very much things. I highly recommend this trip."

    "We take the 7-day cooking vacation. Three days are for cooking class and the rest for traveling to the fantastic Amalfi Coast. From the arrival to departure, everything is all organized."

    "Some of my friends join us in one of the cooking classes (one day cooking option) and they are very happy too. "

    "In the 3 days of cooking we meet fantastic people and we really enjoy the cooking. The chef is available to any request and we did all the menu altogether. Thanks to Chef Salvatore and all the staff."

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Me and my husband last week had one of the best experience of cooking class. We have arrived at the villa at 09:30. The villa is incredible - so luxurious and in the heart of Sorrento near Tasso Squere, where the view on the Sorrento Coast is amazing... On a spectacular terrace, we started the day with a wonderful breakfast cappuccino, croissants, little pastries, juices, and others. The Chef came and start to explain to us the menu of the day. We did all preparation of the food like a professional chef; then, in the end, we cooked dish by dish. After all, we had lunch together on the terrace overlooking the sea. We did many cooking courses in our life, but this one been one of the best. Thanks for all to Chef Salvatore and all the staff. We will come back next year."

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  • Review by Karen F. from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "What a gorgeous week in Sorrento organised by Chef Giuseppe of Italian Chef Consulting. It was a spur of the moment decision to go to Italy made almost impossible by the fact that it was high season and very busy. Chef Giuseppe went beyond the call of duty to accommodate me and managed to find a lovely place to stay. I chose a combination holiday filled with three days of cooking and quite a few excursions in and around the Amalfi Coast. The cooking classes were held in an exclusive villa in the heart of Sorrento overlooking the sea. The views were spectacular, the setting - magical. All of the produce we cooked with was fresh and organic. We learned how to prepare and cook something new everyday - pasta, fish, pastry - and more importantly, we enjoyed an exquisite lunch with wine at the end of each session. It is a small, intimate class which I enjoyed as it was more hands-on. The whole tour was incredibly well organised. Drivers were always on time. Everyone couldn't have been more hospitable. The Amalfi Coast is spectacular! All in all, I am so pleased to have been able to experience Italy at its best with simply divine food and the company of the charming chefs! Highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Lindsay from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "Spent 3 days learning how to cook pastry, pasta and seafood. Absolute wonderful experience. Chef Salvatore was very patient and easy to work with. Food was amazing. Would recommend highly to anyone interested in trying out cooking school while traveling the Amalfi Coast."

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  • Review by Karen from Sydney
    10 out of 10

    "Just returned from a gorgeous week in Sorrento organised by chef Giuseppe of Italian Chef Consulting and Jo-Anne from Active Gourmet Holidays. It was a spur of the moment decision to go to Italy made almost impossible by the fact that it is high season and very busy. Chef Giuseppe went beyond the call of duty to accommodate me and managed to find a lovely place to stay. I chose a combination holiday filled with 3 days of cooking and quite a few excursions in and around the Amalfi Coast.The cooking classes were held in a divine little family run Agriturisimo high in the hills over-looking Sorrento. The views were spectacular, the setting magical. All of the produce we cooked with was freshly picked from the beautiful garden on the property. We learned how to prepare and cook something new everyday; pasta, fish, pastry, and more importantly enjoyed an exquisite lunch with wine from the family vineyard at the end of each session. It is a small, intimate class which I enjoyed as it was more hands-on.Chef Giuseppe speaks English, Salvatore not as much! I found it much more authentic though, and to make things easier they employ the beautiful Lina to translate everything. The whole tour was incredibly organised. Drivers were always on time. Everyone couldn't have been more hospitable. The Amalfi Coast is spectacular!! All in all, I am so pleased to have been able to experience Italy at its best with simply divine food and the company of the two charming chefs. Highly recommend!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I highly recommend the 8-day trip. It's the perfect way to see the area, and learn some really fantastic cooking. I had a small group, just myself and two others. We had a smashing good time. It was split into two different parts: cooking and exploring. And both were great fun. The cooking classes were fun, and very informational. We covered quite a variety of desserts and pastas with expert chef Salvatore, and on the final day of cooking we made a wonderful multi-course meal under the guidance of both chefs.And, since Salvatore doesn't speak English fluently, there was a translator (Lina) who was great in helping explain the dishes and techniques with the chef. My favorite part of the experience was the farmhouse. One two of the days we explored the large organic gardens before our classes to gather ingredients for our meals. The hospitality of the family at the Antico Casale Agriturismo is unmatched. They were incredibly welcoming, and it was such a pleasure to receive a tour of their citrus orchards and farm.Then, on our exploration days we toured Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento, and the surrounding areas via a small tour bus group of 12-15 people. We also received a private tour of Pompeii, and a great visit to the Sorrentino vineyards on the foot of Mount Versuvio. Then, the last day we took a boat trip with 12 others to Capri, for a day of sun, swimming and exploring.This isn't a trip for people want to sit at the pool and read a book for the whole week . It's a packed itinerary! But, you really get to see the area, and get a great taste of life in the area. You definitely get your money's worth! You have private car transport to-and-from most places (except for the bus excursions), and Italian Chef Consulting takes excellent care of their guests. I highly recommend this trip to anyone. Take the leap - you won't regret it!"

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  • Review by Jan from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Our group of 3 adults spent the day with chef Giuseppe and pastry chef Salvatore and what great fun we had. We prepared a great 4-course meal, including an antipasto dish, homemade pasta, main course fish and a delectable lemon cake. These two very professional chefs showed us how to prepare fish, cut vegetables, create the right size pieces of pasta , and much much more! If you are looking for a truly authentic cooking experience, I enthusiastically recommended Italian Chef Consulting! And, their location at a farmhouse in Sorrento makes it even more attractive!"

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  • Review by a traveler from United States
    10 out of 10

    "An excellent experience, fun and very personable. Beautiful surrounds, coworkers, family, garden, patio, animals and did I mention, fantastic food which we help make. Wine was excellent also. Thank you chef Giuseppe and staff!"

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  • Review by Robert Peterson from United States
    10 out of 10

    "I spent a wonderful experience learning Typical Amalfi Coast cooking. We went to the market to buy and learn about the ingredients used in our lesson. We were then transferred to the Farmhouse on Sorrento hill a beautiful view, where we learnt to make several delicious Napoli style dishes from the appetizer to the dessert just fantastic!There are other type of courses to choose from. Next time, I would like to do the pastry course. Everything was well organised, clean and spotless. Chef Giuseppe and pastry chef Salvatore they was just amazing. Chef Giuseppe speaks excellent English. We received a certificate for our efforts. This course is great value for money I recommend to everybody."

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  • Review by Peter
    10 out of 10

    "This course is fantastic! I have done others but none have been this interesting. This chef is not just professional but he is very friendly, fun and he cares that you get what you want from his class. I learned so much. I would do this ten times over. I urge anyone who has the opportunity to book this course to do so immediately. You will not be disappointed!"

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  • Review by Julia from United States
    10 out of 10

    "Now I can say: I know how to do a real homemade pasta. Chef is amazing, the farmhouse is situated in Sorrento hill, everything has been perfect!"

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