• WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND LA CUCINA CALDESI?

    Over 20 years ago, Giancarlo and Katie were teaching friends and guests of their restaurant how to make fresh pasta on a Sunday from the restaurant kitchen.  It proved so successful that in 2005 they opened La Cucina Caldesi, a purpose-built cookery school open 7 days a week and they now offer a wide range of cookery classes for both individuals and groups giving people the opportunity to learn to cook regional Italian food from the experts.

  • HOW DO I KNOW WHICH COURSE TO TAKE?

    Under each course heading we have explained what is involved in each cookery class, this will give you a clearer idea as to the sorts of dishes that will be cooked and the level of experience needed. If you have any queries please call the office and we will happily help you to choose the best course for you.

  • I AM AN ABSOLUTE BEGINNER. ARE THE COURSES SUITABLE FOR ME?

    It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any cookery experience, we are a cookery school and it is our job to teach you. We want you to leave us having learnt a new skill, (or two) as well as having had lots of fun. The courses are open to all levels, but if you feel more at ease, some courses are specifically aimed at the keen beginner.  Please just call and talk to us if you’re unsure.

  • I’M A FAIRLY GOOD COOK. IS THERE A RISK THAT THE COURSES ARE TOO EASY FOR ME?

    We try to balance all the courses (apart from the beginners classes) with a mix of easy and more challenging recipes, so everybody can find the right amount of work to do.  If you think that a course may be too easy for you please check with us before booking and we will be happy to help find the right course for you.

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF I BOOK A COURSE AND THEN I CAN’T ATTEND?

    We are unable to offer full refunds. We are happy to move any booking up to 28 days before the date of the class, there is an admin charge of £20 to do this. If you contact us after that notice period the following charges apply:

    7 – 28 days notice – 25% of the full course fee

    3 – 6 days notice – 50% of the full course fee

    Less than 3 days notice – 100% of the full course fee (the best option would be to send someone else in your place).

    For further information regarding refunds and cancellations please refer to our Terms and Conditions.

  • WHAT SORT OF COOKING WILL I DO?

    The majority of our cookery classes are hands-on, so everyone can get involved as much or as little as they like. Any courses that are demonstrations only will be clearly marked.  We specialize in Italian cuisine therefore most of our courses teach different aspects of Italian and Mediterranean cooking, with a good balance between traditional and more modern dishes.

  • DOES THE SCHOOL PROVIDE THE RECIPES AND FOOD INGREDIENTS?

    Yes. We will provide all the ingredients and every participant will also be sent copies of all the recipes so that you can recreate the dishes yourself at home.

  • DO WE GET TO EAT THE FOOD WE MAKE?

    Yes, at the end of the cooking session you will sit down to eat the results of your work together with the teacher and your fellow students.  In case lunch/dinner is not included it will be specified on the course description.

  • WHAT AGE ARE THE STUDENTS?

    We run courses for all adults and there is no age limit.  We also offer children’s cookery courses for children aged 6 to 12 years and for teenagers aged 13 to 16 years.  If you are, or have a teenager (or a child) who would like to join one of our regular scheduled courses, please contact the office to discuss suitability.

  • WHAT ARE YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS?

    You can read our full Terms and Conditions by following the link at the bottom of our website pages.

  • DO YOU ISSUE ANY QUALIFICATION AT THE END OF YOUR COURSES?

    We are not an accredited cookery school however we are able to offer you a certificate of attendance, please ask in the office for further details.

  • I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN SOME SPECIFIC SKILLS. WHAT CAN I DO?

    If you would like to learn something specific that you can’t find on our course list, please contact us as we are happy to organise private one-to-one lessons.

  • I HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS. IS THAT A PROBLEM?

    Not at all.  If you have any kind of dietary requirements please do specify that at the time of booking (online or over the telephone) and we will try our best to accommodate your requirements.  In case of serious food allergies please ensure you contact us before booking your class.

  • HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE THERE IN A CLASS?

    For a scheduled course we aim to have a maximum number of 16 students.  We sometimes have extra people booking to join as lunch guests and in this case, we aim to have a maximum of 6 guests joining us for lunch.  For our corporate cookery classes our sizes range from 8 – 24 people.

  • WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

    We advise that you wear comfortable shoes as you will be on your feet for quite a long time.  Non-slip shoes are a good idea for working in a kitchen.  We provide our branded cotton aprons for all our students to wear during the course and if you would like, you can purchase one of our “La Cucina Caldesi” embroidered aprons at £12.50 each.
    We provide all the recipes you will need by email within 48 hours after the class.  It would be a good idea to bring a pen and note book.