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Caila C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

This class was amazing! Clara was very knowledgeable, helpful and hospitable! Loved the whole experience!

Kathleen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Clara's Cook in Milan was a BIG highlight of our stay in Milan. We are 2 couples who were joined by 2 others to make-up an intimate cooking class in Clara's kitchen in Milan.
Clara is a delightful instructor who gave us tips on how to cook Italian food along with the proper techniques in a 4 hour class that we will definitely recreate in our own kitchens at home. In our class we made Crespelle a crepe wrap with cheese, ham and sauce. Gnocchi al Ragout potatoe dumplings with bolognaise sauce, Risotto al pesto e Gamberi Italian rice with shrimp and basil sauce, and Tortino di Cioccolato Caldo hot chocolate lava cake. We totally were hands on in preparing each dish and also in getting to consume and taste our accomplishments at the end of the class. With Clara's expertise and training, the dishes we prepared were fantastic. This is definitely a must to do if you have a free morning in the city. Would love to return and take a second class!

John R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

My wife and I took a class with Clara and it was fantastic. The cooking and preparation tips she provided on all four courses were so easy to follow. Clara herself is personable, fun and she gave full attention and help to all 7 of us participating in the class. The recipes we made were some of Clara's grandmas recipes and they turned out great. My wife is a self professed Gnocchi hater and she loved the Gnocchi we made. The best part is sitting around enjoying the fruits of your labor with some perfectly paired wine Clara is not only Le Cordon Blue certified but also a Sommelier. If our future plans call for a trip to Milan, we will definitely look at taking another class from Clara.

gingerragan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Bucket List item checked! I had so much fun cooking with Chef Clara as well as meeting people from all over the world!

van h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

It was amazing experience in my life. Clara is professional and friendly to everyone.
it is not too difficult processing for beginner and I have a lot of fun with it.
worth to try if you are love Italian food.

lisa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Clara is a trained Cordon Bleu chef. So this is more than just a cooking class. It is an experience. We had such a wonderful time. We learned to cook traditional Milanese cuisine and it was presented to us in a manner that made it very achievable for the typical cook. We met some wonderful new friends and just had a truly great time. Sitting down together to eat our meal was memorable. This is one of the top experiences that we had while in Italy. Thank you for opening your home and kitchen Clara!

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

Lots of fun learning about Italian cuisine and enjoying the company of other food lovers from around the world. Thanks!

Linda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

When we were in Milano, I searched for a vegetarian Italian cooking class that was taught in English. This class was a perfect fit. Clara was a consummate teacher. She distributed recipe books and discussed what we would be preparing. We washed our hands and were welcomed into her kitchen. She explained what she was doing and why. There were plenty of laughs while we were learning. Clara also shared information that will be useful when we buy Italian food and wine in the States. After the food was prepared, we all sat down at a beautifully set table to enjoy our homemade meal. Connecting with a native while you're traveling always is such a treat. Clara made our trip to Milano very special!

Yvonne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

We had a fantastic time at Clara's cooking class! It was great to meet and learn alongside fellow food-enthusiasts from all over the world. Clara gave us lots of information about the best ingredients and where to buy them, and guided us through cooking a delicious meal! The class was well paced, there was plenty of time to take pictures and make notes, and we got some great hints and tips for cooking traditional Italian recipes. 5 We would definitely recommend Cook in Milano!

Jason73

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

When booking your trip to Milan and Northern Italy, this is a must do, right up there with the Duomo I'm 100 serious. I booked the class based on the reviews and the value, it really is a steal for a four course meal, paired with wine. On top of that you have excellent conversation and memories that are priceless. It was a small class, just my wife and I and another woman. We were staying near Milano Centrale and took a beautiful 45 minute walk to Clara's house train would be easier but we wanted to experience as much of the city as possible. Clara is so welcoming we felt like we were going to see a life long friend that lives in Milan.

I'm a pretty experienced cook and my wife enjoys cooking. We both learned so much from Clara. My wife and I have talked since the class that we've watched Italian Cooking Shows Mario Batali, others but we could never connect to them. They share very real experiences, and recipes they've had in Italy, etc but the point is those stories and recipes were THEIR experience, not ours. Sort of like how when you show people pictures of the Alps and they say way, but they truly can't appreciate the magnitude and beauty of actually being there. Now we have this lovely experience of being in Milan, in a beautiful home, with a great friend learning new recipes and old techniques. These are OUR memories now and when we see Scamorza, or other things we made and used in the class... We will always remember being with Clara in her kitchen and how magical it was. It will inspire my cooking the rest of my life and now I can tell stories and recipes to friends when we are entertaining, and yes they won't be able to connect unless they go meet Clara, but I'll be so fond of our time in Italy and with Clara that I'll make them listen anyway, and maybe inspire them to go!

Clara and the class to us was as authentic Italian as it gets and that's why I say it is a must do along with things like the Duomo. You are short changing your experience of visiting Italy, learning the culture and the beautiful people if all you know of its food are the tourist focused restaurants on the main drag. Clara is so professional and you will have much to learn regardless of if you've never cooked or are an experienced cook like myself.

Thank you so much Clara for such a great time. We'll be coming back to Milan one day and can't wait to take another class!

-Jason and Pamela

Annette F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

The cooking class was fantastic and Clara was a great teacher with heaps of knowledge of food and wine
Strongly recommend this class

Paula G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

This was the most fabulous cooking course I have done in a long time, the food and wine where outstanding and Clara was a fantastic host and chef.
A must do for any trip to Milan!!

Vickie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Chef Clara was amazing. She was very attentive and patient with everyone. She also explained the origins of the recipes/ingredients, and gave us a lot of information. Not only did we learn to make delicious food, we had a blast doing it. I highly recommend this class! I am looking forward to booking my next one!

Rhona P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Carla was delightful and this was a real hands on experience. The meal we ate at the end was delicious! We also learned about Italian foods. Bravo Carla!

mccj61

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2016

Clara was a wonderful host, sharing her home and amazing talents to teach us how to make a traditional Northern Italian meal. She was also able to tell us where we could get the ingredients we used back in the States. We have already put her risotto instructions to good use! Our classmates started out as strangers but ended up as friends sharing a wonderful meal together!

Victoria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Clara was great! Warm, welcoming, knowledgeable and skilled. It is clear that she enjoys teaching and made sure that we understood the different regional ingredients and made sure that everyone in the group participated. I would definitely do this again in Milan when I return.

Barbi W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Having been to many cooking classes I must say this is one of the best. Clara, our instructing chef, warmly welcomed us in to her home. The class was fun, organized and everything we created was delicious. We left feeling we could recreate menu items with ease at home. Highlight of our trip.

Michelle C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

My 12 year old and I had an amazing experience and learned many new skills in cooking Italian food. Clara was so kind and patient. It was a pure joy and I recommend it to anyone who loves to cook and eat. The food was delicious!

Scott G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This class was one of the highlights of our vacation. My Mom, who doesn't particularly like cooking, said that this class was her favorite activity on our trip. Clara is extremely knowledgeable and a great teacher, two things that don't always go hand-in-hand. My wife commented on how impressed she was with how Clara corrected mistakes. She stopped you, got you on the right track, but never made you feel like you had done anything wrong. We had a great time, learned a ton, and made some amazing food. We've even purchased new cooking equipment and are trying new recipes today the day after we got home.

Cannot recommend this course highly enough.

Naoko T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

It was a amazing experience. Clara is so talented and her kitchen was organized very well. I enjoyed the class very much. I will definitely take another class with Clara when I visit Milano again.

Makiko E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

I really enjoyed cooking Italian pasta and dolci. Clara is so kind and patient. She makes a good atmosphere so that we can feel free to ask her, relax and enjoy cooking. Highly recommended!

Tory O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Awesome time with Chef Clara in her home, great instruction, amazing food, you will not be disappointed!

Eoin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

My wife and i attended Claras Cooking Class recently. In reality this was bought as a present for my wife who really enjoys cooking. However, Clara totally invloved me in all stages of the meal preparation and cooking of the food. It was really enjoyable. This Class would be suitable for people of all levels and abilities and Clara is very patient and has a great sense of humour. She is also a great teacher and is passionate about food and italian food in particular. At the class we attended we cooked Gnocchi, Tagliatelle, and three sauces and Tiramisu. Best of all we ate it for lunch. A great day. One of the highlights of our trip to Italy.

david b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Clara incredibly talented and thoughtful in her menu selection - showing us the difference between fresh and dried pasta as well as making dough by hand vs. in a mixer. It was great to learn by doing as we measured ingredients with scales, weigh everything!, used a slicing machine, rolled and shaped pasta... while it could have been like a cooking show on TV, Clara brought the kitchen to life.
We learned so much about the history and context of Italian cooking including between northern and southern Italian cuisine rice and polenta vs. pizza and pasta respectively and the ways that Italian cooking mostly from the southern Italy at first translated to the US spaghetti and meatballs is a uniquely American arrival.
The meal - and wines - was more than we could have asked and we can't wait to take our skills home to our own kitchen!

donaldweatherford

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2016

Incredible experience. Very talented chef and was able to share her gift with all of us. Met new friends and all had a great time.

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