Passionate about food? Want to learn a few new ideas and tips from the professionals?
Our professional courses range from 1 to 4 weeks in duration, offering something for all ages and all abilities.

Courses are taught in small groups, with lots of personal attention and dedication to your enjoyment.

Held over five daily classes and one day of local food exploration, “Cuisine Essentials” teaches fundamental cuisine skills to provide you with a solid foundation of cooking expertise. Techniques are first demonstrated by our Master Chefs before you apply them to a number of carefully selected recipes.

This course has been designed to improve your confidence in the home kitchen and provide an essential repertoire of skills that can be applied daily to a variety of dishes. No previous culinary experience is required to apply.

 Preliminary Programme:

Day 1: Key knife skills, manage essential ingredients, simple pan sauces

Day 2: Making the perfect home made pasta

Day 3: Red meat preparation and cooking

Day 4: Fish and shellfish preparation and cooking

Day 5: Vegetable preparation and cooking, dish presentation

Day 6: Visit to two wineries with a guided wine tasting, lunch in Gallipoli at the exclusive Puritate restaurant.

At the “Puglia Chef Academy”, nutritionists and diet experts teach healthy cooking principles and their professional applications for balanced cooking.

The Puglia Chef Academy also organizes intensive English and Italian (for foreigners) courses, with specific focus on cooking terminology.

We reserve the right to switch the order of activities due to the day the course begins.We will always do this in consultation with course participants.

To make a reservation please call us on 340.7678256, or send us an email.

Two Weeks Programme in Ostuni (third week available in Lecce)
Day 1. Starters
Today we will teach you how to prepare some of the best italian “antipasti” and fry our amazing vegetables.
Fried Zucchini flowers filled with fresh ricotta cheese.
Green and red peppers marinated with olive oil and mint.
Cucumber, fennel and orange salad with olives and walnuts.
Whole-wheat Focaccia.
Day 2: Main Course (Pasta)
Home made fresh pasta with involtini/meat roulades (veal cutlets with tomato, pecorino cheese, parsley and garlic)
Fava (broad) beans pure' with chicory, green peppers, sweet onions, olives and aubergines.
Day 3: Main course (Orecchiette and cime di rapa, melanzane ripiene)
Day 4: Second Courses based on meat.
Day 5: Second courses (hunters style rabbit, stewed lamb).
Day 6: second course based on meat balls and eggplant parmesan.
Day 7: second course based on fish (oven baked codfish with potatoes, frittura mista of shrimps and calamari etc.)
Day 8: pizza and focaccia (in the afternoon visit to a cheese farm)
Day 9: making bread and focaccia.
Day 10: desserts (tiramisu etc)
Two weeks in Ostuni at only 1,300 Euros including 10 days tuition and two excursions on Saturdays. 
B&B from 35 euros/day
Extended programme: add a third week in Lecce at only 650 Euros (5 days tuition plus a day excursion to visit a winery as well as a pasta or bread workshop). B&B from 50 Euros/day. During this third week you will learn more about frying vegetables, making focaccia, taralli and panzerotti, baking fish, cakes etc.