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Top of the class

Are you looking to raise your culinary skills to the next level? Michela Di Carlo gets a flavour of what’s on offer at some of Italy’s top-rated professional cookery schools


This image and Alma Cookery School image overleaf © Fotocarra

Are you cut out to cook with the best at a top Italian school?


THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ITALIAN CUISINE (ALMA) is the brainchild of the renowned Milanese chef Gualtiero Marchesi. It’s been the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine since 2004. “Next Generation Chef is ALMA’s daily commitment to creating an education and culture around food and wine based on values of sustainability, food sovereignty and consumption habits”, says Head of Education and chef Matteo Berti. “These themes are at the heart of identity of our School.” Located in the heart of the Food Valley, inside the amazing Reggia di Colorno Palace, ALMA has been training chefs, pastry-chefs, sommeliers, bar and restaurant managers, and food and beverage managers all over the world. Nowadays ALMA welcomes 1,200 students a year and, according to the latest statistics, 80 per cent of them find a job within six months of graduation. The seven-month Italian Culinary Program (ICP) is the course geared towards International Students. It is not just a theoretical and practical training in advanced Fees: €13,200

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Whether you’re planning an imminent adventure or settling down for some armchair travel, we’ve plenty of travel inspiration this month. Come with us on a weekend in Milan, exploring the familiar and the unexpected, and on a visit to Franciacorta near Lake Iseo, where vineyards are producing champagne method wines to rival the very best. We also take an in-depth look at life in Le Marche, a captivating region of central Italy that really is rather a hidden secret.