CIBO Bologna

In the city that gave us ragu, tagliatelle and tortelloni, CIBO – The Culinary Institute of Bologna – offers exciting and addictive, hands-on cookery experiences, lasting for anything from one hour (for a quick pasta making session), to five days, for the amateur cook wishing to benefit from in-depth tuition that will teach them how to cook a wide range of authentic Italian dishes, the Bolognese way.

The courses are a magnet for people worldwide, who share a passion for food and you can soon find yourself forging relationships with fellow foodies from other countries, who have made a beeline for Bologna’s only purpose-built cookery school.

Under the inspirational guidance of the owner and enigmatic ‘Boho Chef’ food lovers of all skills levels come together to cook. Some may be starting from scratch on the culinary scale, whilst others may be honing their skills. None of that matters, as you join forces and work as a team, to create dishes you can then eat together for your lunch or dinner. Fun and laughter fill the kitchen, so prepare to be entertained as well as immersed in your food passion. Having fun with food is CIBO’s ethos.

One-day courses are hugely popular and will typically see you creating pasta dishes in a completely hand made way, from the making and rolling of the dough, to the preparation of fillings for stuffed pasta and the sauces for baked pasta dishes. You will also create entrees, a couple of Italian main dishes, dessert and possibly other things too. During this process you will learn how to alter dishes in order to perfect their taste or appearance, handle meat and vegetables to maximise the value from them and combine flavours and textures, to produce meals that truly tickle the taste buds.

What you won’t be doing is learning a recipe, or knowing what you will be cooking before you’ve started your day, or half-day, with a visit to Bologna’s historic Mercato di Mezzo, where you will see what is available for purchase that morning. Taking back the selection of foods that are in season, you and your tutors will then decide which dishes to create with it. As Stefano Corvucci says, his students learn techniques, not recipes … the ‘R’ word being almost banned during the courses.

A meal without vino is breakfast, in Stefano’s eyes, so you will have every opportunity to imbibe CIBO’s own wine during your experience, whilst listening to stories from the great raconteur that is the ‘Boho Chef’. All tutors speak English, so there are no linguistic barriers to overcome.

Head to www.cookingclassesinbologna.com to choose the cookery experience to suit you, whether that is purely focused on pasta, vegetarian cooking, meat only, a half-day, full-day or multi-day experience, or learning the secrets from an Italian Nonna’s kitchen. Special courses for those with dietary needs, who do not wish to miss out on the delights of Bolognese cooking, are also available.

The great news is that Catapult PR can arrange a 10% discount for you on half-day courses and those of longer duration if you are booking for a minimum of two people. Email your chosen course and date/s to jane@catapultpr.co.uk and that will be arranged for you, or call Jane on +44 (0) 1253 891114.

Jane will also be able to give you tips on how to get to Bologna and what else to see and do whilst there. She loves nothing more than talking about CIBO, Stefano and Bologna, so please give her a call!

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