I have attended many courses at various Culinary Institutes and the local college that has a degree program in Culinary Arts. Lucia, the chef instructor at CIBO, was wonderful. The class was for two people, perfect for true learning. I was lucky that my fellow student was also a foodie and fun to work with. Lucia agreed to take us to the market to shop for our ingredients after offering us a choice of what dishes we wanted to learn. Her English is excellent and my fellow student and I chose three pastas and four sauces. We walked to the fresh open market, selected our cheeses, meats, veggies and fruits. She showed us how to recognize real parmagianno from other cheeses that are sometimes sold as the real thing. She described the ingredients in detail so we knew how to find them in the states. When we returned to CIBO, we were brought into the new, bright, professional and clean kitchen just for lessons. CIBO has two such kitchens. They also have a pasta room with large tables for rolling pasta sheets. She showed us what to do but made sure we did the actual work so we would remember it. She explained why things were done a certain way. We made everything ourselves, pastas, ragu, bolognese sauce (which is the best I have ever had) and two other sauces. We were given access to the recipes on line and left with a certificate that I will treasure as it was a wonderful memory. She is patient, very talented as a chef and fun to work with. Our lesson was to be from 8:30 to 12:30 but at 2:00 we sat down and enjoyed our dishes with some lovely red wine, she did not rush us. A very relaxing and productive lesson. I will be making lots of pasta when I return home. I highly recommend this school for a valuable lesson that is relaxing and personalized.
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