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International Academy of Italian Cuisine

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WineDog3561 wrote a review Sep 2019
Dallas, Texas49 contributions58 helpful votes
No one in our group is a gourmet cook or particularly interested in cooking or preparing fine food. However, the International Academy of Italian Cuisine in Lucca, Italy, was recommended so we went for a lark adventure. Wow. We participated in the current students preparation of a lunch menu of chicken, fresh homemade pasta, tomato sauce , and desserts. So much fun! Everyone was very friendly even though the students hailed from Japan, Italy, and Africa. We all found some way to communicate and laugh. Just a world class fun event. The world renowned Chef, Gialuca Pardini conducted the class. He was personable and engaged us all in the preparation. The best part; we ate for lunch what we had an prepared with local wine. It was remarkable. If I could give a 10 star rating I would. Please, if you visit Lucca you must include this event in your plans.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Kjetil E wrote a review Nov 2018
Montecarlo, Italy1014 contributions77 helpful votes
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Time to look back and make a review as I had the intention of from day. Day one was a bit more than 2 months ago more exactly September 3rd. Living in Italy with two nice kitchen to run it was essencial to me to learn more about the Italian kitchen. In additions the 40 days of classes also should contain Olive oil tasting, wine tasting, Vacuum Seal cooking and not at least a HACCP 12 hours training course. On the last day the Chef Gianluca Pardini called on me, as the oldest of the 11 at the 8 week course, to have my comments and he got more or less what I had to say. I put myself in to a challenging position. The group consisted of 7 from Japan 3 from Italy and myself from Norway. Signing up it was expected that the training would be in English, but the Japanese had their own interpreter. To have the classes both in translating to Japanese and English would be a mess so in my wish to learn more Italian I tried to watch more, take photos and learn Italian. So if you head for a 8 week course ask the question about who will participate and what language would be used to have as much out of the classes as possible. My comments are more to the administrative part of the course and not to the cooking and learning about typical ingredients used how to use them. On the cooking with Gianluca and other master chefs that visited the class was extremely valuable for my future use of what I learned. However the course missed out from day one a presentation of people participating and for what reason the where there and what skill limits did they have at the starting point. Missing a walk through the kitchen so all could get familiar to the new kitchen a get to know where the different things are located either it is pots and pans or milk or flour and sugar. In addition based on the many year experience the school has a plan for the 8 weeks should be available with an update each week if any and the menu should be handed out the day before so it was possible to prepare mentally for what was coming to happen next day. Another issue is safety. A clear information if fire at all should happen where to find fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Than to the most disappointing issue as I had pointed on that when I applied to the school, the 12 hours HACCP course. Missing completely but with an offer to come back when they had enough people to join for one as this was an external thing they had to organize. Dear Gianluca, most of the class are around in internship and should have training for a certification at the individual place they have internship. What do these restaurants do? I myself have paid for this and not getting what I have paid for. I call this unprofessional administration and I see it as a part that the school manage to get around because most people apply for these 8 weeks courses are young students and do not want to make noise before they head for an internship. I have been in the kitchen for more than 50 years and learned it the hard way, I have not works in the kitchen to get a salary, but after these 8 weeks I feel confident that what I intend to use my new skills I will and can invite people to dine at our house in Tuscany and be confident that they will enjoy the food, Italian with a twist. Thanks for the cooking experience, administration have a way to go yet. If you visit for a day or a week do not worry, you will have great fun and learn a lot. If you are in for a long term 8 weeks course just be aware of the challenges. And by the way the last day showed a bit of the lack of respect for the students when the certificate of participation where handed out. This should be carried out by the master chef and not just disappear when the first 2-3 were handed out.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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John G wrote a review May 2018
Xenia, Ohio41 contributions39 helpful votes
Our group of 4 had an absolutely delightful experience. Chef Gianluca had it all -- charming, skilled professional chef and an excellent teacher. To get to work in a professional kitchen was in itself quite a thrill. I saw in other reviews how big groups (10 or more) would find it a bit cramped, but for smaller groups it is a phenomenal experience. We left with our bodies full of great food enhanced by the fact we had helped prepare it, and our brains bursting with newfound knowledge and skills passed on to us by the chef. Heartily recommend, but if you want to experience this book early because they fill up. We count ourselves as very lucky to get in with only about 3 months lead time. It was a highlight of our month-long trip.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from Gianluca P, Direttore at International Academy of Italian Cuisine
Responded 17 May 2018
Thank you John for your visit and your kind words. it was great to have you here in our school and we always try to give our best to all our clients. Hope you will have the chance to come back to Lucca and visit us! International Academy of Italian Cuisine
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eareva wrote a review Sep 2017
Brentwood,TN32 contributions10 helpful votes
A group of 10 people signed up for a 3 hour cooking class. We ended up having a fun learning experience with delicious food and wine for 5 hours. We enjoyed helping preparing and cooking the 4 course meal. Chef Gianluca was fun, informative and helpful. We each got to do as much or as little as we wanted to. After cooking we enjoyed the meal outside with wine and fellowship. Highly recommend the experience with a group.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Response from Gianluca P, Direttore at International Academy of Italian Cuisine
Responded 27 Sep 2017
Thank you for the visit, and it is always a pleasure have nice groups like yours! Hope you will come back in the future to Lucca!
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nengleha wrote a review Sep 2017
Nashville, Tennessee2 contributions2 helpful votes
Went to the Academy with a group from Road Scholar. A member of a group of 10, I enjoyed assisting Gianluca Pardini making dinner or lunch with seasonal ingredients. I cook but not a chef, but Gianluca showed me in positive ways to prepare delicious items I would have never thought to do in my kitchen.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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