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Bake, Cure, Preserve: The Artisan Culinary Experience

Dive into immersive, hands-on culinary adventures—where every flavor has a story.

All-inclusive courses

Cooking Fundamentals: an 8-week culinary bootcamp

8 weeks

Kickstart your culinary career with our 8-week bootcamp. Cover all the basics from knife skills to sophisticated dishes, alongside essential modules in bread baking, pastry, cost control, and event planning. Ideal for beginners eager to build a strong foundation in culinary arts and kitchen management.

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Artisan Foods Expert

12 weeks
Transform into an Artisan Foods Expert through our comprehensive program, starting with an introductory week followed by specialized courses in vegetable and seafood conserves, dairy and cheese production, bread baking, pastry making, and charcuterie from France, Spain, and Italy. Perfect for those dedicated to mastering artisan food production.

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Artisan Meats Specialist

3 weeks

The Artisan Meats Specialist program is a comprehensive, all-inclusive, and hands-on culinary immersion into the world of artisanal meat delicacies spanning three renowned European cultures – French, Italian, and Spanish. This course, tailored for both professionals and culinary enthusiasts, delves deeply into the art and science of charcuterie from these three countries, offering an extensive understanding of meat transformation and preservation.

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Artisan French Charcuterie

1 week

Discover the art of French charcuterie in this one-week intense program. Understand and use basic science principles of meat preservation and transformation in detail while working hands-on as we replicate the most representative French meat products: pâté, terrine, saucisson sec, jambon, fresh sausages, and foie gras.

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Artisan Spanish Charcutería

1 week
Spain is the land of the legendary Ibérico breed. Spanish style charcutería has permeated the meat culture of many other countries. In this hands-on experience, you will learn traditional and genuine methods for artisan charcutería production while exploring the culture of Jamón, chorizo, and dozens of delicious meat products.

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Artisan Italian Salumi

1 week
Italy boasts over 580 unique regional salumi specialties, the most extensive meat culture worldwide. In this one-week full-immersion program, you will learn the artisan way of butchering a whole pig Italian style, make the big eight salumi marvels, and understand the vast culture surrounding salami with a nose-to-tail approach.

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Artisan Conserves: Fish and Seafood

1 week

Discover ancient and modern fish and seafood conservation techniques in our one-week intensive and full-immersion course. Learn how to select and buy fresh fish at the peak of its season, and understand how to use salt, fats, acid, microorganisms, and heat to make traditional European specialties and their modern variations. We uphold sustainable fishing practices and a zero-waste philosophy.

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Artisan Conserves: Fruits and vegetables

1 week

This one-week full-immersion experience will take you deep into the vegetable realm. Work hands-on while learning dozens of food conservation techniques. Master selecting produce, learn how to process it, and learn how to create delicious and creative conserves. We teach with an ethical approach to nutrition, well-being, and sustainability.

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Artisan Bread: Comprehensive Program

2 weeks
Explore bread making from fundamentals to advanced techniques in our two-week comprehensive program. Start with basic skills and ingredients, then progress to enriched doughs and sourdoughs. This course is designed for those who aim to master the complete spectrum of artisan bread making.

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Artisan Bread: Introduction to Bread Making

1 week
Begin your bread-baking journey with our one-week introductory course. Learn the essentials of baker’s math, delve into the key ingredients, and master basic techniques. Perfect for those aspiring to create artisan breads from scratch, this course sets the foundation for advanced baking skills and artistry.

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Artisan Bread: Advanced Bread Making

1 week
Deepen your bread-making expertise in this one-week advanced course. Focus on enriched doughs and sourdough starters. Tailored for bakers looking to refine their skills and tackle more complex breads.

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Artisan Dairy: Comprehensive program

2 weeks
Develop a deep understanding of cheesemaking in our two-week comprehensive program. Start with the basics of European cheesemaking, then advance to complex techniques, including a focus on the pasta filata family. This course is designed for those aiming to master the entire cheesemaking process.

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Artisan Dairy: Basic European Cheesemaking and Dairy Products

1 week
Immerse yourself in the craft of European cheesemaking in our one-week introductory program. Learn foundational techniques for creating classic cheeses and dairy products. This course is designed for beginners interested in understanding the basics of dairy processing and artisan cheesemaking.

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Artisan Dairy: Advanced Cheesemaking

1 week

Refine your cheesemaking skills in our one-week advanced program. Focus on sophisticated techniques, with a special module on the pasta filata family, including mozzarella. Ideal for those with some cheesemaking experience who are ready to explore more complex processes and varieties.

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Artisan Pastry: Comprehensive Program

2 weeks
Master the full range of pastry arts in our two-week comprehensive program. Start with European pastry fundamentals, then advance to crafting exquisite frozen desserts. This course is ideal for aspiring pastry chefs aiming to perfect a broad spectrum of skills from classic confections to innovative chilled treats.

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Artisan Pastry: European Pastry Fundamentals

1 week
Dive into European pastry art in our one-week course. Learn to create classic European confections, exploring a variety of techniques and ingredients. This foundational program is perfect for those eager to master the elegance and diversity of pastry making.

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Artisan Pastry: Frozen Desserts

1 week
Chill and thrill in our one-week course focused on frozen desserts. Master the art of making gelato, ice cream, granita, and sorbetto. Perfect for anyone passionate about crafting smooth, flavorful frozen treats that impress and delight.

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Essential French Cooking

1 week
Master the fundamentals of French cuisine in this immersive one-week course. Dive into classic techniques, explore quintessential ingredients, and prepare iconic dishes. Enhance your culinary experience with an introduction to renowned French wines, perfect for aspiring chefs eager to embrace the elegance of French cooking.

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Essential Spanish Cooking

1 week
Embark on a culinary journey through Spain in this one-week course. Master the art of crafting diverse tapas and perfecting various types of paella. Learn about the key ingredients and traditional techniques, and savor the flavors paired with distinctive Spanish wines.

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Essential Italian Cooking

1 week
Explore the rich flavors of Italy in this comprehensive one-week course. Delve into making authentic pasta, risotto, and antipasti using traditional Italian techniques. Understand essential ingredients and prepare classic dishes, complemented by an introduction to Italy’s celebrated wines.

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Boutique culinary school

The Artisan Culinary School is a boutique culinary school that focuses on artisan food specialties production. We offer a full immersion experience, allowing our students to learn the fundamentals of artisan food production, from the basics of food safety to the art of crafting specialized products and dishes. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process, helping you to understand the science behind artisan food production and the importance of high-quality raw ingredients. Our courses range from core kitchen skills to more specialized topics, such as cheese-making, charcuterie, and fermentation. During our one-week and two-week courses, we provide hands-on opportunities to hone your skills in our state-of-the-art kitchen and transform the highest quality supplies. We aim to provide our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful artisan food producers. We are passionate about connecting aspiring artisans, farmers, food professionals, culinary and pastry arts students, entrepreneurs, and food lovers, with the tools and resources needed to bring their vision to life.

Our areas of expertise and work are: artisan cured meat and meat preserves; artisan cheese and dairy production; artisan fruit and vegetable conserves; artisan seafood preserves; artisan bread making; artisan pastry and frozen dessert production; and the art of hosting perfect events enhanced with professional culinary techniques.

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Testimonials

“I got to know Mariana and Juan during their time in Italy. They are both great people that excel in their respective professions.

Mariana, as a general manager, immediately makes you feel welcome. She has that special talent of creating an ambiance of warmth and hospitality around her. Always helpful, always full of joy and energy.

Chef Juan is as passionate about food as he is for teaching. His in-depth knowledge of different cooking techniques, e.g. charcuterie, gives you both the how and why for each step in the process. More often than not you will also get the history of the dish or some colorful story from his time in the restaurant business, making each lesson a treat.”

– Mattias Persson
Sweden

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“I so appreciate Marianas’ skills and expertise as a sommelier and her willingness to always go above and beyond with culinary adventures and hospitality. When several of us students wanted to learn more about food and wine pairing, she created an ad hoc session where we paired different wines with simple foods (chocolate, nuts, parmesan, etc) so we could really taste and discuss what paired well or not and why. When I expressed a lot of interest in farm-to-table seasonal cooking, she took me to her friends’ farm so we could discuss more about their approach to planning and conserving. Mariana is amazing!”

– Dina H.
U.S.A.

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“Chef Juan is an amazing instructor. He is patient and always explains the why behind something. This has proved extremely beneficial to me after taking his courses because things can and do go wrong from time to time. Since cooking is both an art and science, I was able to refer to my notes and could address the issue because Chef Juan had explained the why or demonstrated the technique several times or patiently explained how to fix an issue when things went off kilter in class. You will learn so much from him!”

– Dina H.
U.S.A.

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“I have worked side-by-side with Chef Juan and Mariana on numerous occasions since first meeting them at the beginning of 2019. Both are consummate professionals and truly knowledgeable in their fields. Chef Juan has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of food. He is a salumi expert and gifted baker. Mariana is a sommelier, as well as a culinary school graduate. She is superb at pairing food and wine and creating amazing cocktails. Chef Juan and Mariana are both excellent teachers, providing clear explanations and having a wealth of patience. They are organized and thoughtful in all they do, always striving to provide the best possible experiences for students.”

– Gary J. Mihalik, Author of Mastering Artisan Italian Gelato: Recipes and Techniques
U.S.A.

Testimonials

“Chef Juan and Mariana Penzini reflect the true meaning of culinarians. It’s always special to walk into a professional kitchen and both observe and feel mutual respect between a Chef and their team. Juan and Mariana’s respect for each other, as husband and wife, carries into all aspects of their lives; respect for team members, respect for their students, respect for the ingredients they use, and respect for their craft.

I‘ve had the great pleasure of being Chef Juan’s student during a charcuterie course. I participated in hundreds of training courses throughout my military career. Not one of those certificates of completion hangs on the wall of my home. Yet, my Italian Charcuterie certificate does. Chef Juan and Mariana’s enthusiasm for their craft carries into the learning process, inspiring adult learners to joyfully absorb course content.

Over the years I’ve stayed in contact with Chef Juan and Mariana. Through those years, they have not wavered in their corps values. What I have observed is a steadfast commitment to their craft, curiosity, a passion to learn and share their knowledge with others, and a desire to serve others.”

– Thomas Dalrymple
U.S.A.

Testimonials

“Chef Juan has a broad experience in the food industry. When I trained with him, I was very impressed with his knowledge of bread making, wine tasting and gelato. Chef Juan is extremely well read and has a wide experience of the world – ensuring that conversations were always very educational (food and non food related!). Chef Juan takes the time to encourage his students and celebrate each success with them.”

– Merrilyn Grant
Australia

Testimonials

“Chef Ryan is the Master of Pasta. He loves sharing his knowledge with students and his pasta was always delicious. Chef Ryan continued to answer my questions once I had completed my course. He is a caring and dedicated professional.”

– Merrilyn Grant
Australia

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“When the most well-rounded Chef I know in the planet and the extremely doting and most gracious host and sommelier decide to join hands and run their own school, what have we got? The best experience there is in culinary education! Not all talented chefs can teach and pass on their knowledge well to students. And while some schools may have the best teachers, the arrangements outside class like food, accommodation, extracurricular activities, airport transfers, to as specific as good wine on the table if not handled well can ruin the whole experience.

Having experienced both Chef Juan and Mariana handle everything in my 3 staggered years of study, and having been to 6 different schools in the past, I would say their tandem is THE BEST. Chef Juan effortlessly and most willingly answers all kinds of questions without judgment. The classes are further enhanced by the well-appointed and well-curated little elements surrounding the learning process like carefully planned site and market visits and tours.
Working with this couple almost feels like home away from home. They are so customer-centric that they try to meet individual needs as best as they can. Definitely money well spent for the detail, the passion, the loving service they provide to create a wholistic, immersive unforgettable experience.

I consider this one of the best decisions I have made in my culinary career.”

– Annie Lim
Pâtissier and Baker
Manila, Philippines

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