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Chefs for Three day Italian cooking school Italy

Franco Palandra - 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, where he works as a chef in one of the top restaurants in the medieval old town.  During his free time Franco loves doing freelance photography, hiking and helping out at the dog refuge center.

Franco is the chef at the Tuscookany cooking school Italy and has outstanding reviews.

Franco chooses dishes depending on the season and uses fresh ingredients preferably from our organic gardens - have a look at an idea of some of the dishes you might make.

Author of the cookbook Tuscookany The flavours of Tuscany.

Menu Franco Palandra

Laura Giusti - 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, and a Spanish course outside Barcelona.

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.

Author of the cookbook Tuscookany The flavours of Tuscany.

She has selected many wonderful traditional Tuscan recipes  - view her Italian Menu

Availability Italian short break cooking classes with chef Franco Palandra or Laura Giusti

Both our chefs, Franco and Laurea give comprehensive three day Italian cookery courses, learn more about the available dates for the Three day Italian Cooking School Italy at Torre del Tartufo or Casa Ombuto.