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Sicilian Cooking Lesson

Palermo, ItalyPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Michael

4.5 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Italian cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Up to 6 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

On a typical lesson day we meet in the morning at one of Palermo’s oldest markets, shop around for any items we will need for the lesson and then stroll to the air-conditioned kitchen in The Sicilian Pantry cookery school where we prepare a 4 course Sicilian meal, learning the techniques and tricks needed to recreate it when you return home.

Meals are made up of a starter, pasta course, main course and desert (changes can be made for individuals with specific dietary requirements where appropriate). After the lesson we can sit down together to enjoy the fruits of our labour along with a selection of Sicilian wines rounded off with some homemade liqueurs and coffee.

We believe that the true expression of Sicilian cuisine comes from the quality of its fresh seasonal produce so we strive to always ensure that we have the best of what Sicily has to offer in order to share this with our guests.

This is an entertaining and informative day out, recommended for cooks of all levels.
Other things to note
Please let us know as soon as possible if you (or any in your party) have any dietary requirements, intolerances etc.

Also, let us know asap if you prefer not to do the walk through the market.
On a typical lesson day we meet in the morning at one of Palermo’s oldest markets, shop around for any items we will need for the lesson and then stroll to the air-conditioned kitchen in The Sicilian Pantry cookery school where we prepare a 4 course Sicilian meal, learning the techniques and tricks needed to recreate it when you return home.

Meals are made up of a starter, pasta course, main course and desert (changes can be made for…

What's included

  • Food
    All food for the 4 course lunch lesson will be provided. Please let us know...
  • Drinks
    All drinks and refreshments will also be provided, including a selection of...
  • Equipment
    All necessary cooking equipment including aprons for the participants will...

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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I came to Sicily 13 years ago, chasing the love of my life after meeting her on a plane! I studied Italian cuisine at Alma before working in various restaurants, soaking up every bit of information before taking off around Europe to work as a private chef

As exciting as that may seem, I missed the simple food & traditions of the Sicilian countryside, so I returned as a culinary instructor at the Gambero Rosso cooking school & then as head-chef & teacher at the Anna Tasca Lanza cooking school at Regaleali

I have now returned to Palermo keen to share my love & passion for Sicilian food & cooking with you!
I came to Sicily 13 years ago, chasing the love of my life after meeting her on a plane! I studied Italian cuisine at Alma before working in various restaurants, soaking up every bit of information before taking off around Europe to work as a private chef

As exciting as that may seem, I missed the simple food & traditions of the Sicilian countryside, so I returned as a culinary instructor at the Gambero Rosso cooking school & then as head-chef & teacher at the Anna Tasca Lanza cooking…
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Where you'll be

We meet at Piazza San Domenico in the historical centre of Palermo. We then walk through the ancient Vucciria market to pick up anything we may need for the class before heading to The Sicilian Pantry kitchen for the lesson & lunch. The whole journey takes a leisurely half hour.

Our kitchen & dining room are large but nevertheless we have reduced our capacity from 12 to 6, to ensure that we can operate well within new health & safety guidelines.
Rasmus
October 2020
What an amazing experience. This is a fantastic way to learn about Palermitan food and culture, and you'll get to make and eat a delicious meal and probably pick up a couple of new recipes and techniques to take into your dinner rotation once you get home-- can't wait to make panelle and cannoli on my own. Michael is a great host and had the entire group feel at ease and become friendly very quickly, and we all sat together and shared stories for over an hour after finishing our meal. Definitely go take this cooking class!
What an amazing experience. This is a fantastic way to learn about Palermitan food and culture, and you'll get to make and eat a delicious meal and probably pick up a couple of new…
Ivan
October 2020
Michael was very friendly and welcoming. He made us feel at ease to ask any questions and clearly has an excellent knowledge of Sicilian culture and cooking.
Anthony
October 2020
This was a definite highlight to our holiday! We would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Palermo. Micheal is friendly and full of information of not only cooking but the history of Sicily and its food. It was a fun and relaxed activity that was would definitely do again. Thanks Micheal and Melissa for your hospitality!
This was a definite highlight to our holiday! We would highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Palermo. Micheal is friendly and full of information of not only cooking…
Maureen
October 2020
This cooking class is hands on and Michael gives you plenty of direction and insight into the why and how. He is informative and precise. He gives you the history of the food and why this area eats these dishes. Michael has a lovely personality and your time will be well spent doing his class. You will visit a local market and then cook the food. The eating and drinking part is amazing. I highly recommend his cooking class.
This cooking class is hands on and Michael gives you plenty of direction and insight into the why and how. He is informative and precise. He gives you the history of the food and w…
Ellen
September 2020
We had such a great day on the cooking course with Michael, it was well planned, delicious food and wine and top company. Would highly recommend to understand more about Sicilian food and traditions. Great value for money.
Dan
September 2020
Really enjoyable experience and well worth doing, I would definitely recommend booking. A really good hands on experience, the food was delicious and I learned a lot including lots of little tips, and had a menu which I feel I’ll be have a try at home. You also get a little recipe book at the end. The accommodation is really nice, kitchen you work in is really modern and there’s lots of space to work in and when the food is ready you go to a separate dining room. Michael is a really friendly and engaging host. This is the third cooking class I’ve done on holiday and I’m so glad I chose this one in Palermo
Really enjoyable experience and well worth doing, I would definitely recommend booking. A really good hands on experience, the food was delicious and I learned a lot including lots…

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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 an accommodation.
Peanut allergy
Vegetarian
Egg-free
Gluten-free
Tree nut allergy
Shellfish allergy
Pescatarian
Soy-free
Vegan
Fish allergy
Dairy-free

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.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 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.

What to bring

An appetite!!

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