"Nutritionist Approved - the best cooking class I've ever taken."
“Nutritionist Approved - the best cooking class I've ever taken.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile
Staying at Casa Ombuto was the best decision I made this year. The rooms were large, clean, and surrounded by a gorgeous mountain landscape. It was truly luxury in the wilderness. The staff at Ombuto were beyond accommodating, helping me to make a few small spiders disappear, (THANK YOU!) and arranging the menu so that it included gluten free options (that tasted out of this world - a rarity for gluten-free foods!)
Chef and Sommelier Laura Giusti has a special kind of talent. Not only is she a fantastic chef, but she truly loves working with, and teaching people. She brought the baker out of me, a skill I didn't know I had.
This wasn't just a cooking school: There was wine tasting at every meal, and a selection of over 35 liquors to try every single night after dinner. You can't find this experience anywhere else.
The tours we went on were absolutely wonderful. There wasn't a single moment I would erase given the option. I brought back a ton of organic olive oil, some gorgeous, traditionally-made table cloths, and was able to try mind-blowing wines from the region. What an experience!
As a nutritionist, health is my top priority. I was worried that coming to a cooking school abroad meant I would have to sacrifice my lifestyle of eating healthy foods, utilizing only healthy cooking methods. I couldn't be more wrong. To my surprise, Laura already knew those healthier methods. Making sure to teach the class the dangers of burning olive oil, the benefits to using whole-foods versus processed, and the health benefits of fats, Laura held her own as a health-conscious cooking instructor and made me proud (and very happy!).
I stayed in Europe for 2 months and had a ton of wonderful experiences - none, however, topped the wealth of information, friends, and fun I brought back with me from Casa Ombuto.
Not only would I recommend this place to a friend, I am coming back next year!
Stayed July 2013
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