Learn with the Pros: Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners

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Learn with the Pros: Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners

For the budding home chef or the professional looking to expand their skills, the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners is a must-visit in Northern Italy. Located in Costigliole d’Asti, about a 2-hour drive from Milan, the ICIF is a training center for Italian and International chefs that also offer non-professional courses, often in the same class settings. While some trainings may take up to six months, the ICIF offers shorter options that serve both professional and food enthusiasts alike.

The Castle of Costigliole d'Asti serves as the impressive and relevant location for the ICIF training center in Asti. As the gateway to Piedmont and the Langhe, this location is truly a food and wine lovers paradise. Built in the 14th and 15th centuries and once owned by a wine connoisseur, the Castle serves as headquarters with faculty made up of academics, journalists, professionals, renowned Italian Michelin starred chefs, and the Italian Association of Sommeliers members. The intention of the institute is to promote Italian cuisine and culture that reflects the values of local and regional ingredients, hospitality, and lifestyle.

Diving into that Italian lifestyle, the Institute offers short afternoon-style courses and an in-depth culinary tour lasting three to six days at a time. Participants can also choose from various Italian wine, bakery,  chocolate, and other classes that do not require a professional designation or training that are part of the ICIF coursework for professionals. Whether it is these classes or the specific classes for non-professionals, they are often taught by the same Master Italian Chocolatiers, and other professionals with English translators.

Often designed for shorter durations for professionals who can’t be away from work, the ICIF creates trainings shorter in scope and current in their applications, like gluten-free cooking or Italian Pastry. New technologies are offered, like learning to use a Pacojet which creates fresh ice cream or finely chopped tartare in minutes. The institute has its own olive oil cellar, cheese cave, ham and salami cave and dining room restaurant. Whether for an afternoon in wine tasting in their wine cellar or learning to make the perfect Italian coffee, the ICIF creates the environment and provides the expertise to truly embrace Italy’s legendary cuisine.

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Jennie Olson Six
Cultural Italy Staff Writer