A cooking school for foodies of all skill levels from beginners to advanced cooks and chefs, who love authentic Italian food and taste!
CIBO – The Culinary Institute of Bologna for Foodies offers unique, hands-on cooking classes. Taught by English speaking, professional restaurant chefs, CIBO offers short pasta courses, as well as half-day, one-day, and multi-day cooking classes for amateur cooks to professional chefs. Our classes are NOT demonstrations, but rather, participants actively take part in all phases of the food preparation. Classes are for foodies of all cooking skill levels-beginners, advanced amateurs and we also provide special courses for culinary professionals and chefs. All classes are aimed at advancing your knowledge and skills for preparing authentic Italian cuisine. Learn authentic Bolognese dishes from our professional chefs who are employed at local Emilia Romagna restaurants and trattorias. All classes are conducted in English (arrangements can be made for private or group classes in Italian, German or Spanish). Work with authentic recipes that have been handed down for centuries and learn cooking techniques that will quickly transform you into you into a great Italian cook! Choose from a multitude of cooking lessons. You may decide to take a few hours to a few days of classes. Select from the list of our Italian cooking courses. Almost every lesson includes a lunch or dinner. Please view our unique classes; We offer a large variety of classes, ranging from making over twenty different hand-made pastas to regional main dish and side dish specialties and desserts. In most classes you will go to the local Bologna Middle Market and together with the chef and your group decide on the day’s menu. Menus are not “boiler-plate” and you in a full day you might be learning ten different dishes! Menus are based on seasonality and ingredient availability. While you will be following somewhat of a recipe we don’t teach recipes, but rather you learn “cooking techniques and skills” that can generalize to many dishes. At CIBO we believe that cooking in Bologna should be relaxing, enjoyable and fun. You eat what you create and our fabulous local wines accompany every meal. To us, a meal without wine is breakfast! For a complete experience we recommend an entire day of culinary adventure, starting with a cappuccino and pastry at a fabulous bakery and pastry shop. Explore the downtown Bologna market and its fascinating local meat, produce, pastry and grocery products. After touring the various stores and purchasing the products for the day’s class, proceed to the cooking school and begin your culinary adventure of preparing a four or five course Bolognese traditional lunch. After a short break begin again and create the dishes for your dinner. We will happily consider all your requests for a custom cooking class and we will design a special class to accommodate you. If you have allergies or special dietary concerns we will create a class to meet your needs.. People not wishing to cook at the class can join you for lunch and dinner for a nominal charge. If you are interested in cooking classes for children, write to us and we will plan a great class experience. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.
Our hope is not to just meet your needs, but rather, we hope to exceed your expectations!