The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy.
Opening in 2003, The Awaiting Table is Puglia’s oldest and most respected regional cooking school and wine programme (New York Times, CNN, La Cucina Italiana, Corriere della Sera).
Held in both the historic centre of Lecce, and al castello, an hour south of the city, year round, the school’s approach is decidedly hands-on, operating on the premise that you can only learn so much watching someone else ride a bike.
And while we’ve been teaching the food and wine of the Salento for going on 12 years, our school’s owner is also a nationally-certified sommelier (here in Italy) and internationally-known wine writer than specialises in the autoctonous varietals of the Italian south (Wine & Spirit Magazine).
So whether you come to our owner’s home in the historic centre of Lecce, or to the baron’s castle south of Lecce, you’ll get to know the region through our food and wine more than you ever though possible in just a week.
In Lecce, our facility is the converted aristocratic palace from the 16 hundreds. The school’s kitchen is the former stable, transformed into a colourful kitchen famous from all the magazine, newspaper and television coverage, both foreign and domestic.
The baron’s castle is ours for the week of your course, with a giant swimming pool (for the warmer months, obviously), an impressive main kitchen, a wine cellar (where we eat dinner one night) and hundreds of fruit trees on the castle’s grounds, which make up the historical centre of a small Southern Italian town. Wireless throughout both structures.