Cooking with a chef & lunch in the woods

Sesto Calende, ItalyPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Marco

  1. 5 hours
  2. Hosted in English, French, and Italian

What you'll do

We will prepare Italian dishes together, I'm a Personal Chef and I'll be happy to share with you my best recipes.

This is not a fixed menu experience, let me know what interests you, and I'll match with the other participants' needs and define which dishes we will prepare, examples (not limited to) are: Pasta, Lasagna, Gnocchi, Ravioli, Risotto, Pesto, Parmigiana, Caponata, Ossobuco, Involtini, Cannoli, Tiramisù, Panna cotta, Zabaione.

Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, discover how Italian cuisine can accommodate your dietary requirements.

Whenever possible, we will use organic ingredients, coming mainly from local farms.

As my home is located in the Ticino Natural Park, you will enjoy the beautiful natural environment and we will have lunch in the woods, literally, enjoying food and complimentary beer or wine.

Outside my property we will be able to have a walk in the woods trying to spot the different animals that live in there: foxes, hares, dormouses, wild boars, buzzards, cuckoos, woodpickers etc.

In case of adverse weather conditions lunch will be held in the living room of my home that has large windows overlooking the woods.
I speak Italian, English and French, if guests speak different languages, English will be used.
Other things to note
bring your camera, your hunger and the willingness of learn how to cook italian dishes, that's all !
We will prepare Italian dishes together, I'm a Personal Chef and I'll be happy to share with you my best recipes.

This is not a fixed menu experience, let me know what interests you, and I'll match with the other participants' needs and define which dishes we will prepare, examples (not limited to) are: Pasta, Lasagna, Gnocchi, Ravioli, Risotto, Pesto, Parmigiana, Caponata, Ossobuco, Involtini, Cannoli, Tiramisù, Panna cotta, Zabaione…

What's included

  • Food
    Lunch (morning session) or dinner (evening session)
    Starter - Main Co...
  • Drinks
    Drinks
    Water, Soft drinks, two glasses of wine or beer, Italian Espres...

Meet your Host, Marco

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 66 Reviews
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Passionate about cooking, after having cooked as amateur for 35 years for family, friends and colleagues, since 2017 I started as a professional, my activities comprise: personal chef, supper club and cooking classes.
I'm now very happy to host people coming from all over the world, this is for me a kind of "reverse travel", you know what I mean?
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Where you'll be

The location is 60 Km (36 mi) from the center of Milan.
From Milan:
- by train it takes 45' to get to Sesto Calende, I can pick you up at the railway station
- by car it takes one hour / one hour and a half, depending on where are you located in Milan
From Malpensa International Airport:
- by car it takes less than half an hour
- by train it takes about 1 hour, I can pick you up at the railway station

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 66 reviews.

Kady
October 2021
I was the only one on the experience. Marco messaged me before hand and made sure o had many options to choose from when it came to picking what to cook. Unlike most other cooking classes where you only learn one dish I learned 3. All of them were delicious and I definitely can replicate them at home.
Eesha
October 2021
I loved this cooking class!! Marco's home is in the italian hillside and he was communicative leading up to the day. I arrived by train, and Marco picked me up from the train station. I had shared that I had dietary restrictions, and he made sure I had an opportunity to inform the menu ahead of the day. The entire day was filled with stories, cooking tips, and delicious food. So grateful for the chance to cook italian food with a great chef.
Karla
October 2021
We had a wonderful day with Marco and his wife in their lovely home. They were gracious hosts, interesting and very informative. We learned many great recipes that we have already used again and our time with them will be a lovely memory from our trip to Lago Maggiore. Thank you to both for a wonderful day. We are so pleased to spend the day with you.
Francisco
September 2021
From the very first moment I saw Marco on his door to receive us, I already felt at home. We were a family group of five including our baby and Marco made our stay very comfortable, natural and simple. We all felt really safe and comfortable cooking with Marco. One of the things I appreciated and worths mention was the fact that Marco joined us during the meal and shared his experiences and knowlege about several topics. The feeling at the end for all of us is that we did not only learn and enjoy cooking but also we learnt and enjoy from Marco. If you are near Milano and have some time left, this experience worths your visit.
Milan
September 2021
Marco is a lovely host. The location, the forest and the kitchen were magical. Marco truly take time to guide us through the process. The food was super yummy!
Kirsten
September 2021
Marco welcome you at his home with open arms and I enjoyed as well that we were only a group of 5 which haves us the option to do everything in a very relaxed atmosphere 🍷. The Menü we have chosen after Marco had made some suggestions was very tasty and easy to prepare specifically when you are cooking a lot at home. Thank you Marco for having me 🥂😊

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the Host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the Host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Peanut allergy
Soy-free
Dairy-free
Vegetarian
Shellfish allergy
Fish allergy
Egg-free
Gluten-free
Pescatarian
Tree nut allergy
Vegan

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
Guests ages 6 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
Let the Host know of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.