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post #1 of 9
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I have agreed to act as host for a week's cooking holiday in Tuscany this coming summer. Even though it will be a working holiday for me I think it will be a lot of fun with a great deal of satisfaction at the end of it.

The reason for my post is to ask for opinions on what people think about cooking holidays or perceive them to be.

I have to find a maximum of twelve people to make the holiday work but where do you let people know about the holiday.

. . . and yes I do realise that I have let people know by posting here but I do not think there are twelve subscribers that would either go on such a holiday or could afford to do so.

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post #2 of 9
I have always thought that it's Americans that enjoy cooking holidays in Tuscany but with the rates of Euro things must have become more complicated.

I guess that the people that invited you have people that they are interested in cooking holidays.
"Muabet de Turko,kama de Grego i komer de Djidio", old sefardic proverb ( Three things worth in life: the gossip of the Turk , the bed of the Greek and the food of the Jew)
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post #3 of 9
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I think they have asked me to host the week as they think my web site could pull in 12 fans that would like to meet me and spend a week in Italy with me! ;)
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For me, the phrase "cooking holiday" means a group of people with similar interests being dropped into a beautiful area, will be shown new techniques, made to understand and have hands-on lab time to experiment and reinforce in a joyful environment, with free time to visit the locals. At a price deemed fair.
HOLY COW, TUSCANY!!!!!
I guess the big thing is the balance between the time spent in ‘school’ and free time.
Too much time in the class, frustrating.
Not enough and I would feel cheated.
If I wasn’t in culinary school right now (with a trip planned to France and Italy) I would be writing you a cheque for the deposit right now. A trip like this for a culinary student would be a vacation compared with the deliberate stress they place on us.
What would be taught?
Where exactly is this 'holiday' located?
Do you have pictures of the living quarters?
What is close by? Historical sites, culinary sites?, etc...


Miklosb
post #5 of 9
Just looked at your website, checking all the details regarding the trip. Is this the norm, 3 hours of teaching per day for trips of this nature? Maybe because I'm in school I find this a little on the short side. I guess that not all of your clients may be students, that most of them will be civilians therefore the time alloted would suffice.
I also have to remind myself of the the second word in this thread title, 'holiday'.
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post #6 of 9
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You are right. The key word is holiday. It is designed to be an experience and fun.

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David, Pete made a very good point. I am familiat with this kind of vacation. They have started appearing in Greece too and frankly, they suck. They do not worth their money.

I have seen many adds about cooking vacation in Tuscany, maybe you should do a bit of googling and see what's in the market.
"Muabet de Turko,kama de Grego i komer de Djidio", old sefardic proverb ( Three things worth in life: the gossip of the Turk , the bed of the Greek and the food of the Jew)
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post #8 of 9
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How many of this type of vacation have you been on? Or is this just a sweeping statement?

What was the good point that Pete made? Are you referring to only three hours of cooking per day?

Are you bearing in mind that these holidays are not for the professionals but for amateur home cooks who enjoy their cooking and wish to combine a chance to see the country with some relaxation as well as learning something about the cuisine of the country?

When you say these holidays are not worth the money you have to bear in mind that they are for very small numbers who have the personal attention of a chef tutor or a guide for most of their holiday - that costs money!

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Am I right to detect an aggressive tone in your post? Not that it bothers me but I wonder why you took my comments that personally.

What so ever.

So far, I have experienced three cooking vacations. Two in Crete and one in Chalkidiki. The later was organized by an "international authority" in greek cooking.

The one was worse than the other in terms of repertoire and execution. Learning how to cut a tomato in order to make a greek salad isn't so much a lesson about greek cooking but about cutting vegetables.

Also the tutors failed to demonstrate what constitutes greek cooking. I find this essential especially when you address an audience of amateurs. What distinguishes the greek from the turkish cooking for example?What makes a dish greek? Is every vegetable that swims in a casserole of oil greek food?
Not to mention the presentation of the ingredients. It was very poor. I was in Crete and I didn't hear a proper presentation of the olive oil. What one can prepare with olive oil? How far can he go?

Now tell me. How many of this type of vacation have you experienced?
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