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 committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Lombard 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
  • 51 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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From ₹7,230
/ person
Wed, 4 Aug
From ₹26,449 per group
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Private groups only
From ₹26,449 per group
Thu, 5 Aug
₹7,230 per person
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Join 2 other guests
₹7,230 per person
Fri, 6 Aug
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10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Private groups only
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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 4.94 out of 5 from 51 reviews.

Malaya
July 2021
I’m so happy that I booked this experience for me and my 13 year old daughter. The food we cooked was delicious and the surrounding of the house stunning. Marco changed all ingredients to our dietary needs which was super considerate. I definitely recommend this course!
I’m so happy that I booked this experience for me and my 13 year old daughter. The food we cooked was delicious and the surrounding of the house stunning. Marco changed all ingredi…
Esmee
July 2021
Je voelt je direct thuis bij Marco! We hebben veel geleerd en heerlijk gegeten. Als je in de buurt bent, ga dan zéker langs voor een workshop koken! Tip: de tiramisu is geweldig.
Jasmin
July 2021
The experience with Marco was great! We enjoyed it very much. We can definitely recommend Marcos cooking course. Thank you for showing us your beautiful peace of land!
Adeena
April 2021
Marco is an excellent chef. He’s not only professional but extremely patient and kind. He accommodated all of my menu requests as I was the only one for the day (yay!). He picked me up at the station, we went to get some groceries for the food we were about to prepare and then headed to his cottage. His place is heavenly. I loved his house, the garden and the table was literally set up in the woods. Absolutely stunning atmosphere. You can hear the birds chirping while you eat. We had an interesting conversation over lunch which I thoroughly enjoyed. His family is just as kind. I couldn’t have asked for more. I booked this for my birthday and I’m so glad I did. I got beautiful pictures in his garden with different flowers in the background. I learnt to make authentic southern and northern Italian dishes. We prepared a three-course meal (Pizzoccheri, Caponata and Torta Giulio). Before dropping me back to the station, Marco showed me River Ticino. I’d say it was a well-spent day. I’d definitely recommend this experience to everyone and hopefully I’ll be back another time.
Marco is an excellent chef. He’s not only professional but extremely patient and kind. He accommodated all of my menu requests as I was the only one for the day (yay!). He picked m…
Rosaura
February 2021
Booked this experience with my boyfriend for our 2 year anniversary, pleasantly surprised that we had a private cooking experience since no one else booked. Location was great, and food was divine. Menu is based on you, which is nice, and dishes were all worthy of the price. It was a beautiful day when we went so we were able to sit outside in the woods and enjoy the silence. Excited to remake the recipes I learned! Definitely recommend.
Booked this experience with my boyfriend for our 2 year anniversary, pleasantly surprised that we had a private cooking experience since no one else booked. Location was great, and…
Rose
January 2021
Marco is extremely knowledgable and hospitable. A beautiful 400 years old cottage in the wood , the experience started from planning the most personalised menu, the super market shopping, then an relaxing cooking experience to a great meal and chat over the dining table. Marco is a very kind gentleman and I appreciate him a lot taking care of my Wife.
Marco is extremely knowledgable and hospitable. A beautiful 400 years old cottage in the wood , the experience started from planning the most personalised menu, the super market sh…

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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.
Shellfish allergy
Dairy-free
Egg-free
Soya-free
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
Fish allergy
Vegan
Tree nut allergy
Pescatarian
Peanut allergy

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.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 14 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.