Welcome to the Puglia Chef Academy

Puglia Chef Academy’s and Gio's Kitchen recreational courses run every day except Sundays throughout the year and are enduringly popular, inspired by the burgeoning food trend of Mediterranean healthy vegetarian food and are already attracting professionals and skilled enthusiasts in equal measures. Optional extension courses include painting, pottery and Italian language.

Launched from humble beginnings in 2008 from a farm in the Ostuni countryside, the Puglia Chef Academy is now a leading cookery school with a truly international appeal, attracting 85% of students from overseas. Courses run from 3 hours to four
weeks; we partner with the best cooking schools and restaurants throughout Italy 
Apulian cuisine forms a Mediterranean diet , a heart healthy, eating plan which has been proven through studies over the past 50 years to help people live longer!

PRIVATE GROUPS. Whether it’s a family get-together, a milestone Birthday or just a treat for friends, get in touch about your private booking. We’ll get straight back to you with helpful tips and advice. You can choose from a cookery demonstration with canapes and drinks or a hands-on cookery workshop followed by a meal and glass of wine. Half-day and full-day sessions are available, or evenings if that suits you better. It often works out around 20% cheaper to book a private event rather than attending a cookery course by yourself. You can also pick a theme if you’d like to try out new recipes and techniques, such as baking, bread making, fish, Kosher, pastry and much more!  we can tailor your event for you. Whether it is a themed day or a specific demonstration or menu you require, we can organise it for you. If you have a group who would like to do something a little different then please contact us to discuss. we offer several locations: from large professional restaurant style facilities to smaller kitchens with a more familiar and friendly atmosphere.

PRIVATE PARTIES
IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO CELEBRATE WITH FRIENDS OR IF YOU’RE AFTER SOME TIME AWAY WITH YOUR COMPANY OUR COOKERY SCHOOL IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR DINNER PARTIES, COOKERY DEMONSTRATIONS, WINE TASTINGS AND MORE.

People love to eat together 

Upon arrival at Cookery School, attendees are welcomed with a glass of fizz and nibbles. After cooking, the whole group sits down at linen-clad tables in a restaurant-style setting to enjoy the meal they have prepared themselves, served by Cookery School staff, with a selection of award winning Apulian wines.

MORE THAN ANY STANDARD COOKERY COURSE THAT YOU CAN BUY ON LINE, THE PUGLIA CHEF ACADEMY PROVIDES A TRUE TASTE OF APULIAN AND SOUTHERN ITALIAN COOKING .
WE HELP TRAVELERS UNDERSTAND OUR LOCAL SOUTHERN ITALIAN CULTURE AND TO REVISIT A FAVOURITE DESTINATION WITH A FRESH PERSPECTIVE. AFTER ALL, IT’S EXHILARATING TO START THE DAY AT A LOCAL MARKET THEN SIT DOWN TO A MEAL OF PASTA WITH MEAT BALLS OF YOUR VERY OWN MAKING.
WINTER SPECIAL:
BREAD AND FOCACCIA.THIS IS A HANDS-ON SOURDOUGH BREAD MAKING CLASS.IN THIS SOURDOUGH MASTERCLASS YOU WILL LEARN TO ACHIEVE THE CRUST AND CRUMB, TASTE AND TEXTURE YOU’VE ALWAYS ASPIRED TO.
THIS INCLUDES CREATING AND KEEPING A HEALTHY LEAVEN, MIXING, KNEADING, SHAPING, AND BAKING THE PERFECT LOAF. YOU’LL BE WELCOMED ON ARRIVAL WITH A LOVELY COOKERY SCHOOL BREAKFAST.
THE DAY ALSO INCLUDES A BEAUTIFUL LUNCH WITH AWARD WINNING WINE TASTINGS.
HERE ARE THE LATEST PROGRAMS FOR SEASONED COOKS AS WELL AS BEGINNERS RIPE FOR DISCOVERY. JOIN US FOR A HALF DAY, ONE, TWO OR 3 WEEK PROGRAMME (THE LATEST CAN BE COMBINED WITH ITALIAN CLASSES).

GROUP BOOKINGS

At the "Puglia Chef Academy" we offer the flexibility to do a group booking – for birthdays, hen parties etc. either at our facility or at the place you are staying.
 Join us for half a day, a full day or even an evening class which we can tailor totally to suit your needs.
You will be welcomed with coffee and pastries (mornings), a glass of wine (lunchtime) or a glass of bubbly (evenings) before working in teams in our modern kitchen. Once in teams each group will prepare and cook the different parts of a menu and we can include a competitive element to your menu if you wish, such as a bake-off or pasta making competition.
Under the guidance of our chefs you group will learn to cook a variety of dishes and at the end of the day, everyone comes together to share their experience and enjoy a feast of the food they’ve created.
We will work with you to create the perfect menu for your event and provide all of the recipes, ingredients, equipment and do all the washing up !!

FOODIE FRIENDS. Tired of meeting your friends at the same restaurants ? Invite them along to a private lunch at our farm. Choose your meal and include a hands-on cookery workshop or demonstration for a bit of fun. Great for foodie fanatics who want to learn new recipes with locally sourced ingredients. WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Celebrate your wedding anniversary at the Puglia Chef Academy. Enjoy a cookery demonstration, hands-on cookery tuition and a meal with wine. Nestled in rural Puglia and just a stone’s throw from the Adriatic Coast you could always make a weekend of it and stay at one of our recommended retreats.

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF OUR COOKING CLASSES IN BRIGHTON UK, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE "COMMUNITY KITCHEN". THIS WILL NOT AFFECT THE REGULAR SCHEDULE OF OUR CLASSES IN OSTUNI.
PUGLIA CHEF ACADEMY IS A DIVISION OF HANDMADE SRLS
OSTUNI, Italy. P.IVA IT02620370748