2 Weeks of theoretical and practical lessons with board and lodging included and the opportunity of a practical training period at the best Italian restaurants

Become a professional in Italian food and wine!


Become a professional in Italian food and wine!


The COURSE ON ITALIAN CULINARY ESSENTIALS is meant for professionals or for students wishing to achieve a faster training in traditional cuisine and its modern-creative evolution, with foundamental notions on extra virgin olive oil, aromatic herbs and spices, traditional first courses, pastry, leavening techniques (bread, focaccia and pizza) and wine.


The Course has a total duration of 100 DAYS:

  • 2 weeks of theoretical and practical lessons at the Institute
  • 11 weeks of internship (optional) at Italian restaurant previously selected by the Institute


Diploma from the Institute at the completion of the course


  • Holders of diplomas from higher education hospitality institutes or centres
  • Foreign and Italian professionals from the food and wine sector
  • Workers from the sector with at least one year of documented experience in hospitality industry worldwide


Cooking classes
  • Use of extra virgin olive oil and aromatic herbs in different Italian recipes
  • Hot and cold starters
  • Mother sauces / basic sauces
  • Broths and traditional risottos
  • Traditional and modern-creative Gnocchi
  • Different types of rice and risottos
  • Regional and modern-creative fresh and filled pasta
  • Dried pasta and its sauces
  • Main courses with red and white meat
  • Main courses with fish
Pastry classes
  • Creamy desserts
  • Small pastry
  • Traditional regional cakes
Bakery classes
  • Leavening techniques for preparation of bread and breadsticks
  • Focaccia and pizza different types
Wine classes
  • Vine growing and wine-making techniques
  • Wine and extra virgin olive oil tasting techniques
  • Introduction to the most renowned
  • Italian wines
Italian language classes
  • Basic knowledge of Italian language and grammar
  • Technical terminology of the culinary sector
Educational trips
  • Cheese factory
  • Winery in Piedmont region

The recipes prepared may vary according to season and to product availability. The number of recipes prepared varies according to their level of difficulty and, in the case of hands-on classes, from the level of skill and speed of execution of the participating students.


The professional internship – optional, not included in the subcription costs takes place at the end of the Course on Italian Culinary Essentials at restaurants belonging to the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe Association (, with which ICIF has stipulated an agreement.

The restaurants for the internship training are selected by ICIF experienced staff. Here the students can put into practice and improve all those skills learnt during the course as well as improving their knowledge in their particular area of interest. The groups is divided and each student is sent to a different restaurant. Board and accomodation are supplied by the restaurateurs hosting the students, who provide them with the accommodation at their disposal.


Complete course: 2.900 €

Included in the price of the course:

  • Accommodation at the ICIF’s guesthouse for 2 weeks in small apartments (2-rooms flats with single, twins or triple rooms and one bathroom)
  • Welcome dinner upon the arrival on Sunday at the ICIF’s Training Restaurant “La Barbera” in the Castle of Costigliole d’Asti
  • Breakfast from Monday to Friday
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in the school canteen from Monday to Friday
  • A complete chef uniform: jacket, trouser, apron and paper hat
  • Support for the Student Visa application procedure (if needed)


  • Group bus transfer from Milano Malpensa airport to Costigliole d’Asti, price: € 50
  • Assistance in purchasing of a new sim card
  • Assistance for organizing Food and Wine tours and extra educational activities
  • Assistance for organizing transfer for food sector events and fairs


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