Montecatini Terme's catering college (Chef)
Chef Paolo Monti studied all aspects of restaurant and hotel work, as well as French, German, and English. His cooking classes are routinely held in all three languages. Striving to perfect his languages and skills, Paolo worked his way up the culinary and hotel industry ladder passing through several countries. During his career, he has launched and managed several restaurants and catering operations in several countries. His classes are conducted in a light, entertaining atmosphere.
Peppe Buffa is a chef and the owner of Ristorante Al Ritrovo.
Annette Blackwell Canada
November 2017, BookCulinaryVacations
I enjoyed the quality and simplicity of the recipes we made. I thought the mix of cooking classes and tours of various food producers and wineries made it a relaxing vacation with many points of interest.
The on-site accommodation, breakfast and attention from all the restaurant staff really added to the experience.
None, enjoyed it thoroughly.
Patricia Redinger United States
October 2017, BookCulinaryVacations
Accomodations were wonderful, just above the cooking school. Chef Paolo is such a good teacher - passionate about cooking and teaching
Alejandra Trevino United Mexican States
August 2017, BookCulinaryVacations
Spending a week with Chef Paolo was amazing,
Knows a lot not only gastronomy but culture in general.
Great experience and fun for all ages.
Sarah Moise Great Britain
July 2017, BookCulinaryVacations
Just back from the 7 day Tastes of Tuscany cooking trip. Had a fantastic time. Chef's instruction was brilliant - very clear, good pace, everyday new people joined, always laughter, great banter, The timetable works perfectly & is well thought through. Loved hearing the history....of food, of Tuscany, of everything from a well travelled, open and experienced man. The excursions (parmesan, balsamic, prosciutto production & wine tasting) all very enjoyable. Location (walking distance to Lucca) and at the foot of a mountain (ideal for running off the excess pounds!).
Food was so delicious and ample - now for the diet.
Britt Voll Norway
June 2017, BookCulinaryVacations
The knowledge of the chef, quality of lessons and professional and friendly service!!! Location provided great walks also in spare time :)
Nothing big to note - air con needs looked at.
Ron Avraham Israel
Dear chef Monti, I'd like to thank you very much for the wonderful week that I experienced. I enjoyed to learn being led by you. You are a good chef, a great teacher, and a wonderful person. I'll recommend this experience to all cooking lovers. I hope to visit you next year with my wife. Best regards to Ms. Giovanni and all the staff.
John L United States
My wife and I spent a wonderful day learning Chef Paulo's easy to follow recipes and cooking techniques. His kitchen is a short taxi from historic Lucca. Chef has a delightful sense of humor but a serious attention to the details of fine food preparation. We have already used several of the recipes back at home. One of the real highlights of our 3 weeks in Italy.
Michael United States
I took two classes with Chef Paolo - one on pasta making and the other on Tuscan specialties. Both were excellent. The instruction was both serious and entertaining, and the food that we made, and then ate, was delicious. Chef Paolo not only demonstrates cooking techniques, but also talks about the ingredients - and the ingredients he provides for this classes are of top quality. Based on searches I did for other cooking classes in Italy, Chef Paolo's are very reasonably priced, so you will definitely feel that you are getting good value for your money. Also, I signed up for the class on my own, but it was no problem feeling incorporated into the lesson, even though others were in groups (families or people traveling together). In fact, part of the fun was meeting other people.
a traveler United Kingdom
What a fabulous, friendly, simple, and easy to follow way of learning how to prepare and cook some fabulous Tuscan dishes. Chef Paolo is engaging, funny, inclusive and really makes you feel you can rustle up these sumptuous dishes with very little effort. We made all his favorite dishes (and ate them all for lunch), which was enlightening and delicious. The Semifredo finished off the many delicious savory dishes, despite the fact we were all already completely full. His restaurant next door serves wonderful food, so stay a few days and sample its delights too. Luca is only a few minutes drive away and worth a visit whilst you're there.
a traveler United States
I love Chef Paolo's sense of humor and teaching style. This class is highly interactive, fun, with interesting and new types of Italian dishes. I took Chef Paolo's class last year and made it a point to take another class this year with my husband. I use his recipes and knowledge often at home. I highly recommend Chef Paolo's classes and will take his class every time I am vacationing in Lucca. Message for Chef Paolo: Keep up the fantastic work and your natural charisma, is magnetic.
Matt H. United States
Chef Paolo is not only a master chef but a great teacher as well! We walked away with full stomachs, a very satisfied palette, and armed with lots of new knowledge! We also made some new friends! The atmosphere is light and friendly and the class was enjoyable for all! What a treat!
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