This week I was invited to attend the press conference for the opening of the brand new Lorenzo de' Medici Cooking school in Florence. Although I could only be there for the presentation and not for the actual cooking class later in the afternoon, I knew I had to come. After all food and photo opportunities are two things I simply can't resist.
The school is located on the first floor inside the beautiful new Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo and I can't think of a better location for a new and modern Italian cooking school.
Behind the school is Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici, an Italian international school in Florence, and one of the ideas behind the cooking school is indeed to introduce people from other countries to Italy and to the Italian culture through food and everything related to food.
The philosophy of the school is to give students way more than just a cooking class and some recipes. The intention is in fact to bring the whole lifestyle which in Italy exists around food to the students beginning with a proper presentation of the products and the people that make them.
This happens on a tour around the market where students will meet the "food artisans" aka the people behind the shops in the mercato centrale. They will get a chance to learn how to shop for their ingredients, how to choose the best products, they will learn how the product is made and they will receive information about the nutritional benefits of what they are about to eat.
There are cooking classes for everyone: Vegetarians, fish lovers, meat lovers, people who eat gluten free etc. The "class room" has got 16 cooking areas with the latest technologies and a monitor so the students can follow every single step of the chef. Everything designed by Arclinea.
You can see the actual cooking classes on the website of Lorenzo de' Medici Cooking School (link below) where you can also sign up. As an alternative, if you happen to stop by the market, you can go to the info point located right in front of the school and get information there.
It is very clear that it is a pure love for food, tradition and quality which lies behind this school. A love which I believe that the people behind Lorenzo de' Medici Cooking School wish to pass on to students, tourists and other people as a way of showing what Italy and the Italian (food) culture is all about. I am pretty sure it is going to be a success.
You can read more about the scool and the courses on the website of Lorenzo de' Medici Cooking School and don't forget to check out my recent blog post about the Mercato Centrale to see the beautiful location of the scool.
Piazza del Mercato Centrale. T. +39 3343040551 www.cucinaldm.com
Chef of the day, Stefano Pinciaroli.
One of the two men behind Mercato Centrale, Umberto Montano, who took as around the market to visit the shops and taste some of the products which are being sold here.