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Foxes - Heath Road - Ramsden Heath - Essex - CM11 1HR
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Taste Italia is situated in the pretty village of Ramsden Heath, just 2 miles east of Billericay and 10 miles south of Chelmsford.

The Italian Cookery School was opened in Essex in 2003, following the success of its two sister schools based in Tuscany and La Marche, Italy.  The schools have gone on to receive much recognition and awards including being placed as one of the Sunday Times Top 5 Italian cookery Schools.

The courses are based on the true tradition of Italian cookery; the finest fresh ingredients, carefully, yet simply prepared to produce wonderful regional cuisine.  There is a choice of day, evening, week long or diploma courses as well as specialist children’s classes, parent and child, or even singles classes.  Irrespective of your skill level, whether you are a complete novice or maestro in the kitchen, the courses are designed to ensure that everyone takes away some valuable skills and knowledge.

I treated my Mother to a one day ‘Italy on a Plate’ course, with Mario Pozzi, a charming, gentle man and a fabulous cook.

The day started at around 9.30am when eight of us met up for the first time to enjoy a taste of Italy.  The school – which does sound quite a formal term for such a pleasant relaxed setting – is based in a converted barn.  The kitchen and dining area is large, light and spacious with excellent facilities and wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and large organic herb and vegetable garden.  We all chatted over coffee before donning our aprons and embarking on our hands on tour of Tuscan cuisine.

The majority of the ingredients used to create the dishes were seasonal, fresh and organic.  We personally picked many of the herbs and vegetables from the organic garden, which was a joy and really brought home to us the wonderful taste of freshly picked produce.

The day course lasted just over six hours and went surprisingly fast.  We cooked, we ate, and we drank, chatted and laughed and most importantly learnt so much.  Mario guided and encouraged us in the joint preparation of Italian breads, pizza dough, fresh pasta in all its varieties, delicious vegetable dishes, a hearty Tuscan bean soup, fabulous turkey and Marsala, sumptuous hand made ice-cream and a light Magdalena.

The class was informal and friendly, with the emphasis being on the enjoyment of cooking as well as encouragement  to learn and improve upon your practical preparation skills, from how to chop vegetables and herbs quickly and safely, to preparing and filleting meat and fish.  The dishes were straight forward and can easily be recreated at home; I am now famous (amongst friends) for my home made pizza and pasta! 

The finale of the day is sitting down to a superb six course meal with freshly cooked bread and a glass or two of wine; satisfied that you played a large part in creating this magnificent feast

Our Summary
A wonderful Italian cookery school based in a delightful rural setting.  Novices and Maestros alike are encouraged and taught valuable practical skills as well as superb regional Italian cuisine from professional masters of Italian cookery.  The classes are informal, friendly and relaxed.  There is a choice of day, evening, week long and diploma courses either in Essex or Italy.  Speciality children’s cookery classes are available, as too are parent and child classes or even a singles cookery evening.  I would definitely recommend - enjoy!

Classes & Workshops
The Taste Italia Cookery Schools are based in Essex - UK, Tuscany and La Marche - Italy. The wide selection of courses and course topics include:
- Classes for Mums and Daughters
- Corporate Cookery Days
- Courses for Cooks/Gardeners
- Diploma Courses
- Evening Courses
- Family Classes
- One Day Classes
- Singles Cookery Classes
- Specialist Children's Classes
- Vegetarian Cookery
The courses change seasonally to reflect the best of produce available. However the following will give you a taste of the classes available:

Worried about your increasing food bills? A course designed to show you ways of spending less and yet eating healthy fresh food.

9.30am to 2.00pm

Celebrity Chef Valentina Harris guides you through creating classic Italian dishes from scratch, including handmade pizza's and pasta, as well as making the perfect risotto.

10am to 3.30pm

A 5 day intensive Italian cookery with BBC Master chef Peter Bayless. This course is aimed at all levels including those who may be considering a career in the restaurant or catering professions. A Taste Italia Silver Diploma is awarded on completion.

9.30am to 3.30pm
Mon - Fri.
* All courses are inclusive of literature, personal tuition and full multi course lunch or dinner.
Class & Booking Info
Course Tutors:
Each course is run by a different master chef to give you personal guidance. Tutors include renowned chefs such as Gennaro Contaldo, Valentina Harris, Katie Caldesi, Peter Bayless and Jane Acton-Bond.
Number of Students per Session:
The courses are designed to accommodate 10 to 25 people.
Group Bookings:
Group bookings are welcomed, including corporate team building, or family days.
Booking Info:
Courses can be booked on-line via Taste Italia's website. Credit and debit cards are accepted through PayPal secure transaction server.
Gift Vouchers:
Gift vouchers can be purchased on line. The person receiving the gift voucher can then choose a course within 6 months to the value of the voucher.
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Teaching Style: 4/5     Facilities: 5/5     Food: 5/5
Spent a great day with Leo, Mario and Co. Made our own bread & pasta, and the slow cooked beef was genius. Leo gave me a nice little tip on his favourite wine (at 4.50 a bottle). We ate far too much (which is only right on such occasions) and accumulated a huge pile of knowledge. Thank you! Howard Bullock.
Teaching Style: 5/5     Facilities: 5/5     Food: 5/5
What great fun for a night out with friends and so different. Lovely settings, excellent tuition and charming people and lots of laughing . Of course all food were delicious. Loved it and will book more courses (daytime) for next year. A place for ladies and gents to enjoy the warm ambiance.
Teaching Style: 5/5     Facilities: 5/5     Food: 5/5
What a fantastic venue - brilliant chef's and support staff - easy to follow lessons - with fantastic results - all fresh home grown produce - picked by ourselves - way to meet new like minded friends with a passion to learn/improve and wow our own self esteam - also a full day of eating and drinking started with small delicate cake & biscuits with coffee mid lunch break was endless differant bread products - pizzas/stuffed loafs/garlic bread endless with wine or soft drinks dinner if you had room - homemade tagatelli - with 2 differant sauces, soup, chicken with roasted vegtables and tomatoe salad - finally apple & blackcurrent cake with lemon icecream - best of all - ALL MADE BY OUR OWN HANDS - WOW please go and experiance come dining on a very enjoyable venue - extemely good value x
Teaching Style: 4/5     Facilities: 5/5     Food: 4/5
Great classes, myseld and my husband had lots of fun and thoroughly enjoyed our day. The stting is is really beautiful and the clay pizza oven is great. We both agreed that we learnt alot and would return next year.
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