Cooking with a chef & lunch in the woods

Sesto Calende, ItalyPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Marco

5 hours, Hosted in English, French and Italian
Committed to safety
This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Piedmontese cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Includes food and drinks

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
  • 62 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 62 reviews.

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 🥂😊
Liz
August 2021
We had a wonderful experience at the cooking class and lunch! We messaged about the menu during the week and based on our tastes Marco proposed mushroom risotto, eggplant parmesan, and cannoli. We had no problem finding his home with the directions. (We were planning the midday class in the middle of our drive to Mikan) Instruction was a really nice mix of making sure we understood the right approach while also having us be hands-on. We were surprised to have taken the full time allotment, but the cooking didn't ever feel tiring or like it was becoming too much. We brought down table settings to the wood clearing around 1pm and enjoyed the courses with a great bottle of wine. Every dish was amazing, and we're likely to make at least one again (which I never do after cooking classes because I usually think it's too complicated!)
Jim
August 2021
We expected just a cooking class but a Marco is much much more. A great authentic experience with a charming host in a beautiful location.
Charlotte
August 2021
Un grand merci à Marco pour son accueil au milieu d’un lieux magique !! Nous avons passé un grand moment de partage et des très belles rencontre. Ne surtout pas hésiter à faire absolument!! Encore un grand merci sur pour l’effort pour ton super Français :)

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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 your needs to be accommodated.
Vegan
Peanut allergy
Tree nut allergy
Soya-free
Egg-free
Gluten-free
Fish allergy
Pescatarian
Vegetarian
Shellfish allergy
Dairy-free

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.