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Chef Jenny Dorsey Oct 13-20

At this pop-up cooking school, Jenny will lead a group of curious travelers on a journey to discover the best local ingredients, and then head back to the kitchen to teach students how to best use these ingredients to make the most delicious meals, exploring together the different ways to highlight their most unique qualities.  Jenny will challenge students to think outside the box, and to be inspired by their environment and creative instincts when working in the kitchen. Cooking classes will be complimented by mixology lessons, incorporating local liquors into tasty cocktails that pair beautifully with meals, as well as adventurous day trips exploring the best of Tuscany.

Jenny Dorsey is a professional chef and artist based in New York City, who makes food to express the full range of human emotions, and believes the dinner table is a powerful medium for storytelling and creates a place for genuine interaction. She is a chef who wants to change the world with her art, one honest conversation at a time.  Jenny is the founder of Wednesdays, a popular experimental popup dinner series combining fine dining with engaging conversation. Wednesdays has been named as one of the best NYC and SF dining experiences by Business Insider, 7x7 and UrbanDaddy and featured in publications such as Epoch Times, The Huffington Post, Village Voice, Eater, Thrillist, and more.  Jenny is also co-host of the Why Food? podcast on Heritage Radio Network.

The setting for the retreat will be the 1000 year old exclusive estate, Villa Montecastello, a working organic farm and olive orchard that has been immaculately renovated to offer its visitors an authentic and understated luxury experience in Tuscany.  Located one hour south of Florence, the Villa is surrounded by olive groves, with vineyards and nature reserves at its base.   Villa Montecastello is a full size working organic farm, producing award winning extra virgin olive oil, as well as a unique and vast assortment of garden produce which will be used in your meals and cooking classes throughout the week.  The villa is home to an array of farm animals including the local breed of Cinta Senesi pig, donkeys, chicken and guinea fowl.  Your week spent in this storybook setting will be complemented by clean farm to table eating, magical day trips to ancient local towns and hamlets, and visits to boutique vineyards of Tuscany led by a private guide and wine expert.

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