Italian Cuisine History and Cooking Lab: a First Step to Becoming an Italian MasterChef, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 14 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Food is one of the cornerstones of Italian culture and even if times are changing and life is more and more frenetic, Italians still find a great pleasure in sitting at a table, at home or at the restaurant, and share a good meal together: this is because to the people of Italy, Italian food and wine are part of their culture and, very often, also of their own family history. The Italian Cuisine History and Cooking Lab: a First Step to Becoming an Italian MasterChef course is offered by Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC).

Italian cuisine can be difficult to define, as recipes, tastes, ingredients and cooking styles vary enormously from region to region. One thing that most people will agree on though is that it is one of the richest and most delicious cuisines in the world. The aim of this course is to introduce students to Italian culinary traditions and provide them with the opportunity to take part in "hands-on" cooking lessons under the guidance of one of Cattolica chefs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 14 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    6 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

This course will combine lessons in class with cooking lessons. In class students will explore one of the world-renowned aspects of Italian culture, its cuisine. Here some of the topics that will be explored in class:

  • The History of Italians and their Food
  • Italy, its Regions and its Regional Cuisine
  • Italian Meals
  • The Mediterranean Diet
  • Slow Food vs Fast Food: the importance of the Slow Food movement
  • Italian wines: food and wine pairing
  • Famous Italian Chefs

Films, extracts from books, articles from the press will be used in class to illustrate and explain the role of food and wine in Italian culture. Students will also take part in a field trip to Eataly food-market.

During each practical cooking class, different recipes will be explored. Students will discover the best of traditional and contemporary Italian regional cuisine and will have the opportunity to participate "hands-on" during the lessons, thus gaining experience to repeat the recipes once back home. Each lesson will be followed by the most important part of any cooking session: the tasting!

English Language Requirements

Good level of English. Non native English speakers must give evidence of their language proficiency of a minimum B2 level or equivalent (ex: TOEFL Ibt 79, IELTS 6, First Certificate of English, Cambridge ESOL or other certification).

Documents you will need to upload while filling in the online application:
  • a passport size picture
  • the scanned version of your passport or other ID documents
  • the transcript of records
  • certificates assessing the knowledge of the English Language
Programs requirements
  • Grade Point Average of a minimum 2.75, or equivalent in applicants own university grading system
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 1500 International
  • EUR 1500 EU/EEA
  • One session: € 1500
  • Two sessions: € 2850
  • Three sessions: € 4200
  • Four sessions: € 5500
  • Five sessions: € 6,500
  • Application fee: €75


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