Tuscany Cooking Courses: Lessons from the Masters

Cooking is a skill practiced by many, but mastered by few. Plenty of school lunches are packed and after work dinners hastily made without much thought about the ingredients and how they meld together and affect the palate. Not all is lost however in today’s fast paces culture — the chef at Benihana as he expertly butterflies shrimp gets it. The old Italian pizza cook who masterfully throws the dough millimeters from the ceiling, but it never touches, gets it. The strongest remaining fortress of old world culinary delight is hands down Tuscany, Italy.

Tuscan cooking, fundamentally, is about simple, choice ingredients being masterfully p[prepared. As the world took note, and the legend of Tuscan Master Chefs began to spread a large amount of interest was generated concerning the classic Tuscan dishes and the wines they are so perfectly coupled with. Now that the secret is out, a whole industry has been created which offers tourists a range of options for Tuscany cooking courses, such as the ones offered by Tuscan Way, have guests spending time with sommeliers as well, allowing them to not only enjoy, but also understand, what goes into the perfect wine pairing. This is knowledge that is sure to stick with you after the trip, making guests the resident wine experts wherever they go. The cooking classes in Tuscany are equally lasting. Next time visitors long for the Tuscan landscape they can take what they learned and apply it in their own kitchen. As the spices began to dance across their tongues visions of Tuscany are sure to follow.

TuscanWay.com is the perfect Tuscany tour provider to choose. They offer affordable excursions and classes throughout Tuscany with a level of experience and access simply not found in the other agencies.  TuscanWay.com offers accommodations in elegant medieval villas and homes situated in enchanting locations throughout the Tuscan countryside. Hosts and property owners welcome guests with warm hearts and open arms. Personalized services let guests feel like Tuscany is their new home away from home. Cooking lessons are taught in the fully equipped kitchen of villas and by experienced chefs, many of whom are internationally renowned masters. Local guides, who have a complete knowledge of Tuscany, take guests on excursions to all the charming sights of the Tuscany. Visit www.tuscanway.com for more information.

Ian Darrah – Co-owner & President. Ian developed Tuscan Way’s Sales and Marketing programs and launched the office in Miami, Florida. He also is involved in business development and adding new Tuscan Way programs. Ian’s love for Tuscany began when he was still a student and an aspiring professional triathlete: studying in Italy and biking the hills of Tuscany. Ian has led triathlon training tours and organized yoga retreats in Tuscany.

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Rick stays at a farmhouse B&B in Tuscany’s hilly Crete Senese country, where generations of the same family have celebrated “the sweet life” with locally-produced pecorino cheese, prosciutto ham, and Chianti wine. For more information on the Rick Steves’ Europe TV series — including episode descriptions, scripts, participating stations, travel information on destinations and more — visit www.ricksteves.com.

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