Laura Giusti - Italian chef at Bellorcia and Mediterranean and three day Italian chef at Casa Ombuto
Laura was born in Subbiano, which is a charming village close to Arezzo in the heart of Tuscany.
After completing a degree in Italian Literature and philosophy at the University of Sienna, she took a post graduate course in “archives studies” in Cortona.
Her passion for food and wine inspired her to pursue this as a profession. She studied to be a Professional Sommelier and she also completed an Oil “dégustation” course. To improve her cooking skills she took courses with famous chefs from Florence, Rome and Lucca and with the “Slow Food” organization and Institute of Alberghiero near Siena. She has also completed a Moroccan cookery course in North Africa.
In 1989 she opened up her own restaurant in Capolona near Arezzo “Il Giardino Sull ‘Arno” where she specialized in functions, weddings and private dinners.
She started teaching in 2002 at an Italian cooking school specializing in Traditional Tuscan food and was happy to finally, as she says: “Unite my two greatest passions, cooking and teaching”. Her extensive knowledge of food and wine, combined with her passion for teaching and personal charm will inspire you,
Laura teaches the full week Italian cooking lessons at Bellorica and the Mediterranean cookery course and three day Italian cookery course at Casa Ombuto. To whet your appetite we invite you to look at her sample menus.
Author of the cookbook Tuscookany The flavours of Tuscany.
The Mediterranean menu has great variety and the Italian menu is everything you expected to make on a Tuscan cooking course.
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.