Personal, hands-on, cooking experience nearby Cortona

4 course meal, Tuscan wine, homemade Limoncello and dinner

About Experience

Welcome! I am Chef Ryan and with my wife Debora, I will teach you how to prepare traditional Cortona meals and enjoy our dinner together! Experience Cortona through magic of cooking.

Cooking Experience 

During our cooking time we will share with you out knowledge of Tuscany, since Debora is an experienced tour guide so you’ll hear lot about Tuscan culture and historical highlights. The event is in our home, because we wanted to add personal layer to this warm and charming experience, so you can always remember this day 😊

We’ll cook a 4 course meal (Antipasto, First Course, Second Course and a dessert) and there will be plenty of red and white wine. Then we’ll finish the meal with coffee and some of my homemade Limoncello! Plus for the daring, I have some good grappa and a bunch of other Italian liquors to try!!

The price includes all the food, recipes, apron you can keep, wine, and some of my homemade Limoncello! Price is 135 Euro per person.


Personal Lunch or Dinner

Also, my personal lunch/dinners can be organized at the villa where you are staying. If you prefer your villa, you must just check if I am allowed to come cook in it. Some villas do not allow outside chefs to come in and cook.

The price includes all the food, setting the table, serving the food, cleaning like we were never there, and some of my homemade Limoncello! Wine is not included. You can either provide it yourself or tell me how many bottles you want and how much you want to spend per bottle and I will pick it up for you when I do my shopping.

Price for 4 Courses is 60 euro per person.



Duration:  3.5 hours cooking +  1.5-2.5 hours enjoy the meal  another

Language: This experience is offered in English and Italian

Available dates: Everyday 10am or 4pm

Meeting Point: Our home villa or your villa

Provided: 4 course meal (Antipasto, First Course, Second Course and a dessert), red and white wine., coffee, homemade Limoncello, grappa and a bunch of other Italian liquors to try.


If you have any questions, write to us:

About organizer

It all began one day when my boss for installing heating and air conditioners in new homes (back during the housing boom) laid me off for the winter!

I was a "back talking" 24 year old kid! Very good at what I did! I was doing 2.5 houses a week, when most of the other guys were only doing one!

My boss laid me off one winter to "teach me a lesson" and oh boy did he! I took the winter off and snowboarded up in Tahoe most of the time! Then I had an opportunity to go backpacking through Thailand for 6 weeks and Cambodia for one week! That changed my life!! When I got back home, it was time to get back to work. Even though I was good at what I did, I was not happy. So, I thought long and hard about what I could do that would make me happy! I always loved to cook and everyone always told me how good I was at it! I researched culinary schools and they were very expensive. I had never worked in a kitchen and wasn't 100% sure I would like it. I got a job at an Italian restaurant in town and LOVED it!! I enrolled in the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco! I was told in my first week in school that I would need to work in a restaurant for 3 months to complete my certificate and that they could help us do it abroad. Right then and there I said "I am going to Tuscany"! After my 1 year program and getting my certificate for culinary arts, I packed up my knives and came to Tuscany for 5 months. I met my now wife after the first month and that's when my story turned into our story, 13 years ago!!

Cooking experience nearby Cortona



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12 in stock


Everyday 10am or 4pm