Shaun O’Neale exploded onto the culinary scene in September 2016 when he claimed the title of America’s best home cook and was named Season #7 Champion of the cooking show MasterChef. A self-taught chef who educated himself and honed his skill by reading cookbooks, studying the history of food and traveling the globe to absorb different cultures and flavors, Shaun graduated from reality star to culinary star in May 2017 with the release of his debut cookbook “My Modern American Table”.
During his season of MasterChef, Shaun won over the palates of chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck with his bold flavors and flawless presentation. He carried the same techniques that earned him a record-setting eight wins in the MasterChef kitchen through to the completion of his cookbook. “My Modern American Table” teaches other home cooks how to recreate Shaun’s upscale, modern dishes.
During this magical week learning and cooking together with Shaun in the Tuscan countryside, you will be led on the ultimate farm to table culinary adventure, using the very best ingredients picked straight from the farm and local purveyors, polishing your techniques and learning how to use new ingredients, leaving you inspired for years to come.
There is no better setting for this intimate and all-inclusive week, than the Villa Montecastello. From the seductive charm of the Tuscan hills as seen from every view at this hilltop villa, to the impeccable cuisine, there is no place better equipped to be the home base for exploring this region than this magnificent luxe-agriturismo. The 1000 year old exclusive estate is a working organic farm and olive orchard that has been immaculately renovated to oﬀ e r its visitors an authentic 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 and herbs which will be used in your meals throughout the week. The villa is home to an array of farm animals including the local breed of Cinta Senesi pig, donkeys, horse, chicken, and guinea fowl.
Every detail of your week will be taken care of with the utmost attention to detail, so all you have to do is arrive and be ready to let Shaun lead you through a culinary journey of a lifetime.