Italian Cooking, Food & Wine

Absorb yourself in "La Cucina Italiana"


Discover the food, wine and people of Umbria


Join in the fun preparing delicious meals with Chef Derek


Make new friends or come with your own group

2016  Prices


Come by yourself or with a group of friends. La Serena Cooking Holidays run for 5 or 8 days, from €660 (£550) or €990 (£825) per person, with all accommodation, meals and excursions included.


Please Note: The single supplement for the above holiday is €80 or €120.

The above prices are based upon double occupancy in a luxury double or twin room.


Prices & Booking

Each food and wine holiday is specifically designed for each group, whether individuals, family friends or work colleagues. We recommend small groups of around 6 cooks (to ensure personal attention). Our kitchen has lots of room for 'hands-on' practice, yet also has the atmosphere of a cosy home kitchen.

Non-participating partners or guests are also welcome.

Absorb yourself in Italian food, wine and way of life whilst having fun in the kitchen. Also visit local shops and markets, cantine (wine cellars), local producers and restaurants. During your practical sessions, chef Derek will share with you his secret for planning, producing and serving perfectly prepared dinners - always on time and panic-free.

An example 5-day all inclusive Holiday Schedule
Day 1 Arrive at La Serena and enjoy a welcome drink with Steph & Derek. After an introduction to your holiday activities, relax with your group ready for a traditional Italian 4-course dinner watching Chef Derek at work in the kitchen.
Day 2 Enjoy a sumptuous buffet breakfast and the join Derek in preparing antipast (starters) and Steph in the art of Italian Dolci (desserts). Lunch will include tasting the delicious food prepared during your morning session. You will then take a trip to local shops to explore food shopping Umbrian style. Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 3 After breakfast, make primi piatti (entrees, pasta, risotto, soups etc.) to be enjoyed at lunchtime. After lunch you will be introduced to the world of Italian cheese, including tastings, followed by a trip to a local cantina (winery) or two!! Dinner at a local trattoria or Italian family home
Day 4 After breakfast, enjoy a tour of local "prodotti tipici" producers with lots of sampling!! Following lunch, prepare and cook your own 3-course Italian dinner with Derek & Steph, during which you will learn about Derek's unique and proven dinner party planning process.
Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast, say reluctant goodbyes and head for home. If you are continuing your holiday in Italy, Steph & Derek will help you with ideas, transport and other information.

Please Note: Activities are subject to change according to the group's desires, availability and season.

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