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Cooking class with Chef Andrea Consoli – Rome, Italy

September 28th, 2010 · 3 Comments

D wanted to line us up for a couple of cooking classes and both worked out ridiculously well.

This cooking class was the less expensive of the two, and was an absolute steal. Really, chef Andrea could be charging twice as much and it would still be worth every penny.

This is a cooking class where you’re part of a larger group (although I’m sure you can reserve just for your group if you have enough people). We were 2 out of a group of 7 – and there was great chemistry with the group and we all got along.
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The class was at Le Fate restaurant – a comfortable-looking restaurant in Trastevere right on Viale di Trastevere – super-easy to get to. The really nice part of having a cooking class in a restaurant is that you get to work in their commercial kitchen! Every surface is stainless steel, the stoves get super-hot, and you’re not afraid of breaking anything (because you can’t, really). You’re not working with 10″ chef’s knives (a good thing), but pretty much everything else is the real deal.

So what did we cook? Let’s get started.
Cooking Class with Chef Andrea Consoli - Rome, Italy
We started with some fresh figs – the small fresh figs of September (Settembrini), which we stuffed with either chevre or a combination of mascarpone and gorgonzola and walnuts. We then wrapped the bases in tinfoil and they went in the oven (I forget the temperature) for a few minutes.

Cooking Class with Chef Andrea Consoli - Rome, Italy
Next up was the sauce for the pasta – We took a large bunch of cherry tomatoes, quartered them, and set them aside. We put a very healthy amount of olive oil in a pan, and added 3 cloves of garlic, with skin on, and mashed them just once in the pan to kind of break them apart (we fished them out later). Put tomatoes in pan, and cook ’til they’re a sauce (and season ) – then turn off the heat, and add in a container of ricotta and just gently break it up into still large chunks. When ready to serve, add a lot of fresh basil (torn up by hand), and stir a bit to break up more of the ricotta. Add the noodles (we made fresh linguini) and finish in the pan with the sauce, and serve with fresh parmesan.

Cooking Class with Chef Andrea Consoli - Rome, Italy
For the main, we made eggplant parmesan – easily the best eggplant parmesan that i’ve ever had. This was a new experience, and was nothing like the deep-fried batter-bomb that tends to be eggplant parmesan in North America. This was light, full of eggplant, and tomatoes, and is a dish worth going to Le Fate for if they have it on the menu. The ingredients are more complicated than I can post easily, but if you want them, leave a comment and I’ll post them.

Next, we made the pasta – remember: only eggs and flour – making pasta is (and should be) a staple of almost any Italian cooking class if you haven’t done it before. It’s so good, and so worthwhile, that we actually make it at home about half of the time that we actually eat pasta at home.

Cooking Class with Chef Andrea Consoli - Rome, Italy
Finally, we made Tiramisu, which we’ve made before – but the ingredients? Fresh eggs, ladyfingers, coffee, sugar, chocolate. I won’t be posting any recipes for this because in North America we don’t have clean eggs, and as the dish leaves the eggs raw, there would be too high a risk of getting salmonella. Sorry.

The food? The pictures above speak for themselves. The fact that I can remember all the recipes without looking them up also speaks for Chef Andrea’s amazing cooking/teaching talent. He is fun, funny, patient, and pleasant, and has the warmth of character that Italians are famous for. I can not recommend this class strongly enough for those who are looking for a great Italian cooking class, and like I said – he should easily be charging twice as much.

Cooking Classes in Rome with Chef Andrea Consoli
contact: consoliandrea@gmail.com
www.cookingclassesinrome.com

Tags: Cooking class · Italian · Italy · Rome · Western Food

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Elaine Keyes // Oct 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Boy..that looked like a lot of fun….I took a class at the Ritz with Vincent Maillard. He was in Levernois, Beaune, but now is at the Hotel Byblos in St. Tropez. We did a garlic soup….roast pigeon with fois gras and I forget the dessert. It was just delicious…that pigeon was a bloody little bastard though! We had to cut and pluck etc…not for the faint of heart!!

  • 2 Bren Young // Oct 20, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I took Chef Andrea’s class last week in Rome and I have to agree with you it was one of the cheapest things we did in Rome and also one of the best days we had in Rome, his expertise in the kitchen is amazing.
    The food was the best we had while in Rome and was so fun to take his cooking class. 🙂 Bren

  • 3 Marika Katholos // Nov 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I took Chef Andrea’s class yesterday! It was as wonderful as everyone says. My 11 year old daughter trully enjoyed the experience. She even ate duck for the first time.
    Is it possible that you could share your recipis with me, especially the eggplant parmesan.
    I would be more than happy to forward you mine if you would like. Marika

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