Frequently Asked Questions


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Italian Culinary Institute
Localita Caminia
88060 Staletti (CZ)

Telephone: +39.334.333.2554
Calling hours: 09:00-17:00 (GMT+1)

Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Russian


Click here and fill out an online application.

Applications are accepted up until the start of the course but depends on availability as many courses are full well in advance of the start dates.

No, our programs are open to chefs, bakers, patisserie, gourmet enthusiasts, culinary professionals and home gourmets who are interested in cooking and traveling to discover advanced cooking techniques and Italy’s gastronomic culture.

No, all programs are conducted in English.


Our major prerequisite for participation is enthusiasm and open-mindedness to learn about new gastronomy, cooking and culture. Our courses always include cooking enthusiasts as well as professional participants. The fact that you are interested enough to come to Italy and discover the latest culinary techniques is the most important prerequisite.

Much of the information that we cover is also new for our professional clientele so, even though objectives may vary, all participants share in the development of new knowledge about Italian food culture.

All programs at the Institute are based on the latest techniques that we continually update and discover while competing in competitions around the world. Our courses are developed based on the need for strong back of the house operations not only regarding advanced culinary procedures but concentrating on new recipe development, menu planning and the latest European trends in the industry. The gastronomic travel included in the program is second to none in Europe.

Our clientele includes many of the best known culinarians in the world who attend for the reasons stated previously and mostly to gain an edge over peers at home. Send us an e-mail with any questions.

Participants of all ages and from every continent arrive from many different fields including chefs, patisserie, gelato makers, bakers, caterers, restaurateurs, menu planners, food writers, culinary enthusiasts, culinary students, career changers, gourmets, sommeliers, etc.

Everywhere! Our diverse participation is one of the most attractive aspects of our programs. We often have participants from 6 continents attending the same program.

Depending on the program, we limit the number of participants to 6-18 for the courses listed on this website. In this way we can assure that current measures of social distancing due to COVID19 can be respected.

Adhering to European tradition, we engage in hands-on, demonstration, tasting and sensory perception throughout the course as all are integral parts of higher learning.

The approximate percentages of learning takes place as follows:

63% Hands-On
30% Demonstrations of new techniques and tastings of traditional and innovative dishes
7% Science and F&B

Also included is hands-on work to assist the chefs prior to demos, preparing dinners (optional) and the travel which is included. Travel is one of the greatest learning situations of Italian food and culture.

All instructors at the Institute are chefs renown throughout Europe and the world. Certificates, signed by these masters, are awarded to each participant at the end of the program recognizing completion in the one week master’s course. Two certificates are awarded in The Evolution of Italian Cuisine, as it is a two week course which also includes a cooking evaluation under the direction of a Culinary Master. The Master’s Program offers both of these as well as a Sommelier certificate.


Fly into Lamezia Terme International Airport (AIRPORT CODE: SUF). A car and driver will be waiting to take you to the hotel

Yes, all meals with wines and bottled water are included everyday in every program.

Yes, accommodations are included.

Friends and spouses are welcomed and a special price can be arranged for their presence. They can also be included in all of our travel during the program including artisan food visits, wineries and fine dining in other cities, etc.. Please send an e mail here for specific information.


After you receive an Enrollment Confirmation, payment may be made online with a credit card or by wire transfer. The online payment links are sent with the Enrollment Confirmation.

A deposit of 50% is required upon reservation. Payments are refundable minus a €250 administration fee until 90 days prior to the original commencement date. The balance is due 90 days prior to the commencement date.

The Italian Culinary Institute offers participants the flexibility to change program dates and even switch programs at anytime and for any reason at no cost.

Payments are refundable minus a EURO 150 – 250 administration fee (depending on program) until 90 days prior to the commencement date.

In every case, the  Italian Culinary Institute offers participants the flexibility to change program dates and even switch programs at anytime and for any reason at no cost.

Yes, partial scholarships are available for some programs. Please email us here with questions about specific courses.

Yes, a discount is always available for members of established public and private culinary federations. The reason for these special arrangements is for the help that these associations offer our industry. Many promote better work conditions and salaries, make charitable donations and sponsorships, give more awareness of quality food and patisserie and much more.

These organizations are found in every country and make our world a bit smaller, indispensable for the success of all of us. If you are unsure of your eligibility, inquire here for further information.

Yes, discounts are always available for students (culinary and none culinary) and certified culinary instructors. Some other organizations may also qualify so inquire here for further information.

Yes, discounts are available for group participation with as few as two participants. Larger groups are extended substantial discounts. Inquire here for details.


Restaurant, Hotel, Industry, Culinary Institutes
Food, Pastry , Bakery, Gelato, Trade Shows

Our masters travel to every continent presenting haute Italian dinners, events, demos and expert seminars on Italian and International Cuisine for restaurants, resorts, hotels, cruise ships, gourmet shops and trade fairs. E mail us your plans to find out costs and sample itineraries.

Whether you already have a successful restaurant, need to update or are considering a rollout, ICI can assist in full immersion staff training or to perfect your menu or concept. 

Contact us here for ideas, detailed itineraries and pricing