The Chianti Cooking School
Born from the experience of David Gardner as a successful restaurateur in Florence, our Chianti Cooking School began operating in 2006 as a branch of the new Villa Bordoni Hotel & Restaurant. It was initially available only for our hotel guests, but in 2008 it assumed a new identity and became available to the public as a part of the Villa Bordoni restaurant.
Today, we offer cooking classes in different forms, and with content spanning from traditional and rustic to contemporary and sophisticated, fruit of our long experience in Tuscan and Italian cuisine through our restaurants in Chianti and in Florence, and more recently in Panzano. Our in-house cooking classes in Greve in Chianti and in Panzano take our guests through a unique hands-on experience in our custom-made kitchens, led by one of our chefs, where they prepare a complete, “fine dining” meal, covering the four courses typical of an Italian tasting menu - antipasto, primo, secondo and dessert, with an extra eye to making fresh focaccia and breads. In our newest Chianti Cooing School in the quaint town of Panzano, an epicenter of Tuscany's famed gastronomy and wine making, we also offer the possibility of tasting numerous wines from local producers - all accompanying our guests' cooking!
Both these experiences culminate in a meal based entirely on what was prepared during the lesson, in our Villa Bordoni Restaurant or in our Enoteca Il Cardo Panzano. Our lessons can be personalized on request, and we are used to catering for very specific needs - be they dietary restrictions or preferences, requests for lessons appropriate for children, or closed groups and different levels of expertise.
On each and every occasion we aim to share what we feel is the culture and essence of Italian cuisine and, perhaps above everything else, to ensure that our guests have a memorable experience, worth remembering whenever they enter a kitchen!