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Carmelita Caruana is just passionate about food, about the scents and flavours of food, about the pleasures of cooking and of eating in convivial company, about the use of the best possible ingredients in order to maximise those pleasures.

She believes everyone can learn to cook. She also believes that to cook well you need first to be greedy, and then you need a little patience and a lot of passion!

She started Cook Italy which organises cooking holidays in Italy in 1999 and though relatively new to the field, she is already having great success, travelling internationally to give talks and to run cooking classes. She appeared as guest chef on BBC 2 's Saturday Kitchen last year, cooking a Sicilian menu, and plans to be running occasional evening cookery classes in London. Her cook book is on the way!

So many guests who came to Italy have wished for a follow up but could not come over again, that I have decided to offer cookery lessons in London. So you can learn to make one of those mouth watering Italian meals in the familiar surroundings of your own (or perhaps a friends) kitchen.

As always, these lessons will be hands-on, the best way to really learn. I will be close at hand to demonstrate and guide when necessary. Stress free, informal and fun is the idea, chatting and enjoying ourselves as we prepare a great meal, Italian style. Then we all help with the kitchen clean up, the least we can do to thank you for hosting the class!

As my guests know, I am very flexible and can design the menu to suit your preferences:

  • a quick and easy impressive meal for entertaining
  • a simple nourishing family meal
  • or perhaps you would like to get ambitious with stuffed pasta

To give you an idea, a sample menu could be an antipasto of:

  • Courgette Logs with Tuna and Cream Cheese
  • Lemon and Rosemary Risotto
  • Baked Whole Fish with Summer Vegetables serve with Caper and Olive Couscous in Fennel Cups
  • Chilled Raspberry Zabaione to finish

Lessons are for four to eight people. You do not need a large kitchen, but you do need sufficient work surfaces for everyone. A small kitchen can be fine if there is a large dining table near by that we can work on. You also need seating for when we sit down to eat the meal we have made.

Dining guest are welcome if you can accommodate them. Lessons last about five hours. On weekdays they would run from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm and on weekends the could also be held in the afternoon from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.


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