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Franco Palandra chef at the cooking school in Torre del Tartufo

Franco Palandra was born in a small village in the south of Italy, called Camigliano (near Caserta).  At the age of 14 he enrolled at the National Hotellerie institute of Italy for a five year course and graduated when he was 19. During the summer vacations he worked in different parts of Italy in Restaurants and Hotels, studying the different regional Italian cuisine.

After graduation he decided to travel and work in Europe to study the cuisine of other European countries and to learn different techniques. He worked in England as an assistant chef and learnt a great deal in the kitchen as well as how to speak English! Franco also worked in France, Switzerland and Greece on Rhode and has through his travels and experience given traditional Italian dishes an international character making his dishes truly special. This passion to experiment and innovate gave him the opportunity to work on board the Caronia vessel of the Cunard line. His Italian restaurant on board this luxury cruise vessel was a great success and he was appointed head chef of the restaurant.

Franco lives with his girlfriend (Paola) and his dog in Arezzo.  He also does chef consulting for restaurants and travels internationally in the off season to promote and advise on Italian cusine.  During his free time Franco loves doing freelance photography and doing long distance hiking.

Franco teaches the One Week Italian Cooking classes Italy and the Three Day Italian Cooking classes Italy at Torre del Tartufo.  

Author of the cookbook Tuscookany The flavours of Tuscany.

Sample of Franco's menu for the Italian cooking classes in Italy:

Please note that you will be receiving a cookbook with over 100 recipes and the sample menus below is just an indication to whet your appetite!   This changes depending on the season and group.  If you have something special you have always wanted to learn to make our chefs are happy to see if they can plan this in too.

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