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Villa Montecastello offers daily cooking classes from a full emersion Grand Chef ’s Class, to a more focused pasta making class, to an herbal incentives garden class where you can pick vegetables and herbs right from our extensive organic vegetable garden, for a true farm to table cooking experience.

Each year we invite top US chefs and culinary personalities to come teach a class for our Tuscan Cooking School Series, to rediscover their passion for food and to connect one on one with the people who are inspired by their cooking, making all of the resources we produce at the villa available for our classes. These are truly unique week long adventures, with hands on classes taught by tops chefs, insider access into local purveyors and farmers lives, guided wine tours and tastings, and trips to local cultural sites. Click here to view our calendar of upcoming courses.

Bespoke cooking class packages for individuals or private groups can be personalized according to your personal tastes and interests.

“Now Jens calls himself a “cook” but I can tell you first hand that he has the mad skills of a great chef! We cooked some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. Some highlights include artichoke risotto (his no-stir version is inspired), chicken liver crostini (best I’ve ever had), and fish stuffed ravioli in a broth so flavorful it would be perfect on it’s own. We made an Italian version of ceviche with fresh anchovy fillets, and an herb crusted pork tenderloin wrapped in lardo (from his own charcuterie) that was seared then finished in the oven, so delicious! And I can’t forget dessert for our final dinner, a traditional tiramisu that was light and not too sweet. The only difficult thing is having enough room to eat all this amazing food! “- Carlsbad, CA

2018 Cooking School Schedule:


Villa Montecastello Cooking School with Chef, Farmer, Olive Oil Maker and Wine Expert, Jens Schmidt – April 14-20

Chef Joey Campanaro’s Italian Farm to Table Cooking School (The Little Owl NYC, Market Table NYC, The Clam NYC)  – April 21-28


Chef Craig Richards (St Cecilia & The Optimist, Atlanta) Italian Cooking School – May 5-12

A Sicilian Culinary Adventure with The Cheeky Chef, Linda Sarris – May 5-12


A Tuscan Culinary Adventure with MasterChef Season 7 winner, Shaun O’Neale – June 16-23

Farm to Table Cooking School with James Beard Award Winning Chef, Naomi Pomeroy (Beast & Expatriate, Portland OR) – June 23-30


Grove and Vine in Italy with Sommelier Dan Amatuzzi and Oleologist Nicolas Coleman from Eataly NYC  – July 14-21 *NYT Recommended*


A Luxury Mind and Body Retreat with Liz Josefsberg, Celebrity Fitness and Weight loss Expert – August 4-August 11


Villa Montecastello Cooking School with Chef, Farmer, Olive Oil Maker and Wine Expert, Jens Schmidt – September 1-8

Yoga One Tuscany Retreat with Michaela Codding and Deacon CarpenterSeptember 8-16


Wednesdays. In Tuscany.  Cooking School with Chef and Culinary Artist, Jenny Dorsey, Founder of Wednesdays. Experimental Dinner PartiesOctober 13-20

For more information or to inquire about availability for our classes, click here.