taste . try . cook
the novanta food academy
food for thought ... quite literally
Anyone who wants to learn the essence of Italian cuisine has to head back to its roots. A handful of years ago, we did exactly that. It brought us to an abandoned village on the edge of the Casentine forest, in the rural heart of Tuscany. Along an ancient pilgrimage route we found slopes and forests where soil and climate create the perfect conditions for foodie treasures.
Each flavour here is a story in itself. Local knowledge of ingredients, their origin and preparation is shared from generation to generation, and amongst friends. As luck would have it, this is how we too were introduced to this valley and the people within it. Fabrizio told us about the pigs, boar and deer in the forest, and his mother taught us how to make real pasta. Massimo shared his knowledge of vegetables, where they grow best and when they have the most flavour. Marco introduced us to the grape varieties that thrive in the area and even Nicola dared to share the secrets of his truffle routes with us!
The Novanta Food Academy is the result of our collaboration with these local experts, and our great friends. They help us to link the valley; it’s land, it’s seasons and it’s traditions, with our kitchen. We connect their knowledge to our unstoppable need to experiment and innovate. Based on this, we have put together a unique program that can only exist here – inseparable from this valley, its flavours and its people.
In every edition of the Food Academy, our chef Jeroen Cappendijk chooses specific themes that match the season; The art of making a true sourdough, foraging and preparing mushrooms and truffles or sott’olio preserving vegetables. In this way, each edition opens up a world of new possibilities, both for professionals and for enthusiasts alike, hunting for something different; discovering unrivalled authenticity.
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Just looking for a holiday with a hint of cucina? No worries! Come and stay with us, learn how to make pasta, hunt for truffles, and taste some local delicacies. The perfect balance of luxurious relaxation and food fueled learning. Check out availability here.