Chef Paolo Monti's goal is to give you a basic knowledge of contemporary Italian recipes and how they are prepared using traditional ingredients.
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.
from Canada, October 2018
"DREAM vacation - enjoyed 100%"
Absolutely a dream vacation for me, has been on my "bucket list" for many years was more than I could have expected stayed for the 8 days, cooked 4 of these - 50 recipes - Chef Paulo - amazing and made it fun and entertaining. Two excursions and two long days assumed we would go with another group however Chef Paulo does these himself - wow is all I can say - the experiences we had in those 2 days he is full of knowledge - wine/cheese/balsamic/geographics of Italy - couldn't have been any better - recommend 100% to everyone who has an interest in cooking - surprised by how little ingredients used and how wonderful everything tasted! Can't wait to use some of the tips/tricks/recipes he shared throughout the week. Apartments renovated and very comfortable and always food at hand in the common area! Just outside of Lucca, 45 minute walk or bus is at your doorstep! Amazing, amazing, amazing!! thanks Chef Paulo you treated Kathy and I like royalty!
from United States, June 2018
The number of recipes and techniques presented was extraordinary and executed with a high level of organization. The lodging facility is a little rough around the edges and the location is a 3 mile hike from town.
The staff are extraordinarily talented and helpful
from Canada, November 2017
"Chef Paolo Monti’s Cooking school"
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.
from United States, October 2017
"You don't want to miss this!"
Accomodations were wonderful, just above the cooking school. Chef Paolo is such a good teacher - passionate about cooking and teaching
from Mexico, August 2017
"Amazing experience in Italy"
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.
from Great Britain, July 2017
"Cooking in Tuscany with Chef Paolo Monti rocks"
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!).
from Norway, June 2017
"Thorough walk trough of Italian cuisine "
The knowledge of the chef, quality of lessons and professional and friendly service!!! Location provided great walks also in spare time :)
from Philippines, December 2018
"Perfect getaway for a foodie"
Chef Paolo was a walking encyclopedia
There were plenty of opportunities to learn
He engaged you in the cooking process
The place was perfect for walks and enjoying the scenery
The rooms and toilets were clean and tidy
There was no limits on food and beverages
Hospitality was if top notch
All the staff were very friendly and accommodating
The food here was 'heaven'
from Canada, October 2018
"Eat Cook Eat Under The Tuscan Sun!"
The knowledge that chef paoulo shared was exceotional. He even stopped on the side of the road to show us a chestnut and walnut tree! Very kind amazing gentleman who is the best teacher and chef I have met!
from Canada, October 2018
Chef Monti was wonderful, he made the classes fun and interesting, and he was very accommodating. I especially appreciated the day trip to the cheese factory, prosciutto maker and to Modena to experience the balsamic vinegar tastings. I would never have been able to experience this otherwise. I loved the experience of seeing the old fashioned, traditional ways of making these wonderful products and appreciate the work and dedication to it.
On the trip we also got to experience more of the Italian countryside.
from Great Britain, September 2018
The classes were a great experience. Chef Paolo is an excellent host and teacher. His staff are brilliant. I met lots of very interesting people from around the world.
from Panama, August 2018
"A non water boiler"
Chef helped me hold a knife, chop, dice, mince, and sauté. The facility is great for groups. Chef keeps everything light and moving. Ingredients were top rate, and the results were very much appreciated.
from Canada, August 2018
"Private time with Paolo"
The kitchen was well organized and lessons ran like clock work. Side trips were fun and interesting and added variety to the cooking lessons. Large group lessons were the best when we got to meet and talk to other people from around the world, but private lessons were good too as we got more one on one time with Chef Paolo! The room was spacious and air conditioned.
Aisling Mc Mahon
from Ireland, April 2018
I did a three day cookery course with Chef Paolo and thoroughly enjoyed it - just arrived home now and can't wait to try out the recipes! Chef Paolo is a wonderful teacher as well as being a warm and engaging person.
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.