No matter which language you speak, food is the perfect ice-breaker for people of all ages. Whether you’re an enthusiastic home cook or an aspiring professional, you’ll enjoy one-on-one guidance by the ebullient gourmand and Executive Chef Aurelio Barattini, owner of Tuscany’s acclaimed trattoria L’Antica Locanda di Sesto. A recent ambassador of Italian cuisine at New York’s Fancy Food Show, Aurelio has the rare ability to bring out the best in everyone. Marvel in seeing his passion come to life as he shares recipes that have remained unchanged generation after generation.

Once you taste the regional specialties which have the Protected Designation of Origin labeling (DOP), you’ll begin a culinary journey that will help you better understand Italy’s obsession with food. Each session is accompanied by a glass of premium wine and lots of enjoyable moments spent in the company of fellow gastronomes. You’ll take away our recipe cards, a perfect way to get started for your next Italian dinner party! After the class, we share a celebratory lunch all together…Buon Appetito!

Discover the Food of Tuscan Farmers

Aurelio’s cooking classes are held on a beautiful Tuscan country estate set in a green oasis punctuated with vineyards, olive groves, oak and beech woods. A perfect place to find a true connection with mother nature, feed the soul and pick up the tricks of the trade! Nestled in the hills south of the city of Lucca, the fifty acre property is often visited by native animals like foxes, wild boars, hares, wild rabbits, ducks and deers. With a deep respect and an unwavering passion for the territory, the owners – husband and wife – are adamant in preserving long-held traditions, such as hand-harvesting the olive trees, a laborious act of love towards nature. And this is how, in our opinion, olive oil turns into liquid gold!

Join Aurelio in a culinary adventure and become an expert in the Food of Tuscan Farmers!


Cooking Classes

Master the fundamental techniques of Italian cuisine, so you can start to get creative. Join us as we cook with seasonal ingredients from farm to table, as well as savouring the excellent vino from Aurelio’s own vineyards, as well as an extra-virgin olive oil that is to die for! Aurelio will guide you with his infectious love for everything Tuscan, in preparing a three-course meal with antipasto, primi and delicious secondi piatti. We then share a celebratory lunch with all of our day’s creations.

Support and assistance:
Small class sizes (maximum 8)
State of the art training facility

Bespoke course

If you are interested in a full immersion, hands-on course, with a maximum of 8 participants, you’ve come to the right place. Courses can be organized according to your needs and level. We can create a personalised course for your family or group or individual one-on-one sessions where you get all the attention you need to succeed.

Personal Chef

You may be visiting Tuscany and need help with planning a special catering event for a small or large group. For an experience that is both aesthetically appealing as well as ticking all the boxes in terms of quality of food, our catering services can turn your event into a success. Aurelio, besides being a Restaurateur, is accustomed in executing catering at high-end events both in Italy and abroad, some of them being the Fancy Food Show in New York, Monte Carlo’s Grand Prix, gala events at the Italian Embassy in Washington. Contact us with your requirements, we’ll be happy to help.

Aurelio Barattini

Aurelio Barattini

Executive chef, instructor and restaurateur, Aurelio was born into the food industry. Literally. He was raised above L’Antica Locanda di Sesto (Lucca), a restaurant that has been owned by his family for the past three generations. He is a great advocate for the genuine flavors of the Food of Tuscan Farmers, thanks to the great working relationship his family established since the 1900’s with local food producers in both Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. He and his family also excel in producing an exquisite extra-virgin olive oil and premium wine.

Now a professional Executive chef with over a decade of experience, Aurelio’s mission is to preserve a century-old family legacy of unmatched hospitality and culinary skills. He travels across cultures to share his passion for old-world methods with food lovers, students and professionals. Aurelio also acts as a Restaurant consultant and is often called overseas by businesses seeking to set up Italian restaurants. His experience in hosting gala events for Italian Embassies abroad and for VIP clients from Monte Carlo to Beverly Hills, hasn’t changed his down to earth approach to life. A cooking class with Aurelio is like walking into a culinary wonderland, a true feast for the senses!

Lucca Delights, cooking classes

Location: Lucca
Date: All year
Length: Tailored to your requirements
Price: Quoted to you at the time of request

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After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations
― Oscar Wilde
Life is a combination of magic and pasta
― Federico Fellini
I am a better person when I have less on my plate

― Elizabeth Gilbert

Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything
― Julia Child