Wild Culinary Experience in Tuscany

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Toscana Village Srl

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Join Rob Gould, plus Masterchef semi-finalist Kathryn Minchew, The Pyromaniac Chef, for a fabulous 4 day Wild Culinary Experience in Tuscany

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As if joining Rob Gould for 3 days on a Tuscan Foraging Experience wasn't enough, what about joining him for a 4 day Wild Culinary Experience, where he will be joined by the amazingly talented Masterchef semi-finalist Kathryn Minchew, aka The Pyromaniac Chef.

With over 20 years' foraging experience under his belt, Rob has a wealth of knowledge and a passion for the outdoors that goes far beyond what is simply edible, also covering things such as preserving your wild harvest, natural history and folklore relating to what you will see when out with him.

Back in the UK, as well as leading sell-out public events, he can be booked for exclusive private walks and is also regularly found running hugely successful Forage and Feast collaborations with some of the very best restaurants in the Cotswolds. He also writes a monthly magazine column on foraging, and is working with some of the most high end accommodation providers in Gloucestershire on bringing truly special experiences to their clients.

"Rob has a great attitude and he nurtures learning and understanding. His knowledge of nature and our countryside is amazing, and I learned so much in my time with him. He gave me an insight into an area that I thought I knew well already"

Will, co-owner of Toscana Holiday Village, had this to say "After originally inviting Rob out to help us look at developing our site to be more nature friendly, we realised that there was an incredible opportunity to work with him on something far more exciting. His enthusiasm is contagious, and his knowledge about the natural world - and his willingness to research deeply into anything unknown he discovers - is astonishing. We cannot wait to work alongside him again in the autumn"

In the UK, Kathryn runs a wonderful, truly bespoke, intimate dining experience from Gloucester Studio, based out of a beautiful Kota Hut in her back garden. Cooking primarily over a wood or charcoal fuelled open fire, she is always seeking out ingredients to inspire new dishes, from the first of the season's pumpkins, to making unique desserts from fruits first used to make alcoholic infusions. When she appeared on the TV show Hidden Restaurants with Michel Roux Jr, he said “It’s extraordinary to see this in a shed in a suburban back garden. Kathryn cooks meat in front of you on a fire pit. It’s bonkers but it works. I really enjoy watching amazing food being created in the face of unbelievable challenges.”

Rob says his favourite review, before ever meeting Kathryn, was this one, which seems even more apt now…

“The four hours you spend in Kathryn Minchew’s back garden feel like a holiday; you depart feeling like you’re in on a secret, that you’ve discovered a new style of sensory pleasure that’s forward-thinking and innovative yet primal and intrinsic, and most of all, like you’ve been catered for by a passionate, witty, consummate culinary adventurist.”

During the Wild Culinary Experience, you will join Rob and Kathryn on a journey of discovery: weaving together various culinary strands and ideas, from the Italian concept of Cucina Povera, with its historic use of seasonal produce alongside seemingly frugal store cupboard ingredients, to the pinnacle of true wild seasonality, foraging for the best wild herbs and flavours to complement the rest of the produce you will be using. But rather than relying purely on the traditional recipes, and concepts, of Italian cooking, they will also be bringing nearly 60 years of combined culinary knowledge along, so expect some interesting twists too, incorporating techniques, concepts and ingredients from far further afield.

Whilst with Kathryn and Rob, you will participate in multiple foraging experiences, plus hands-on workshops and conversational sessions.

On your first day you will get proper introductions to both Rob and Kathryn, where they will talk about the way they both separately look at the whole ‘experience of food’, and how they are constantly evolving the way they work together as part of a fluid creative process. They will explain the huge significance of foraging, and true seasonality, on Italian food, plus the relationship of those concepts to the use of pizza, cured meats, pastas, gnocchi, bread and of course the whole of Cucina Povera.

Over the course of the following four days, alongside everything covered on the October Tuscan Foraging Experience, you will spend time:

Contributing ideas for, and helping to create, the majority of your meals

Learning traditional techniques such as gnocchi, pasta and pizza making, as well as how to make cordials, alcoholic infusions and much more

Sharing wonderfully simple techniques to turn produce, both foraged - and from the local markets - into absolutely delicious meals, including sauces, soups and stews

Depending on the days, season and weather, we will also visit some of the best local and regional produce markets, festivals and suppliers. In fact Rob and Kathryn see each separate experience they run as a way for the participants to really start delving into ways of bringing back absolute seasonality into their cooking. By utilising the freshest, most wonderful flavours as well as focusing on the particular interests expressed by each separate group of attendees, together you will travel on a truly bespoke adventure, hopefully ending with you developing a new way of looking at food.

Extra information -

Paying for this ticket is not confirmation in itself that you are ensured attendance at the event. By purchasing this ticket, you are placing a non-refundable, 10% deposit on the £1500pp Wild Culinary Experience in Tuscany. Your final price, less deposit received, will be confirmed and payable in full to Toscana Holiday Village once any accommodation upgrades, amendments or extensions to your stay are finalised. At that point, after full and final payment, your attendance is guaranteed.

Accommodation is provided for the duration of the experience, plus the half day preceding it and for half a day afterwards, with each paying attendee being given sole use of their own Comfort level mobile home on site. Attending couples, or groups sharing accommodation, will receive a complimentary mobile home upgrade.

Each paying attendee is more than welcome to bring along their family, for an additional fee, who will enjoy shared use of the accommodation, facilities, food and drinks. Please note, however, that paid excursions or other arranged activities are not included in this fee, although we reserve the right to offer these at an additional charge, dependant on space and availability. The following supplemental charges will apply for additional guests not attending the experience;

children aged 3-10, £10 per night

children aged 11-16, £20 per night

adults (and children over 16), £50 per night

If you do wish to extend your stay at Toscana, please discus this with them before proceeding with your booking.

After placing your deposit, Toscana Holiday Village or Rob will contact you to confirm any extra details and calculate your final payment, which must be made in full no later than 14 days before the Experience begins.

Flights are not included in this price.

Transfers to and from Pisa airport are included, as is use of the onsite pool, when open.

All meals and drinks - hot drinks, soft drinks and local wine - are included every day of your visit, from when you arrive until the day you depart, but meals outside of the experience itself will be served from the standard onsite restaurant menu.

Covid-19. Due to the ever changing nature of each country's response to Coronavirus, we will be constantly updating our precautionary measures and procedures to be - as an absolute minimum - in line with the current requirements in Italy. At the time of writing, the wearing of face masks is compulsory in all public places, but elsewhere it is at your own discretion and choice, unless specified locally.

If you or anyone within your household has shown symptoms or tested positive for Covid-19 within 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival date, we ask you not to attend. However, we will happily transfer your booking to another person, or to a mutually agreed later date, at no extra charge.

Equally if you exhibit symptoms after arrival for your experience, you will be asked - in line with all existing guidance - to self isolate for the remainder of your stay before returning home.

If your country of departure prohibits travel to Italy due to Covid-19, we will endeavour to honour your booking at the earliest mutually suitable future event. However, if they only issue guidance to self isolate on return, we will run the event as planned. and no refunds or transfers will be granted.

In the event of any of the organisers becoming unable to attend due to Covid-19, and the event being unable to run, you will be informed asap and offered alternative future dates or a refund.

In any of the above circumstances, we accept no liability for any costs or losses incurred due to your travel arrangements.

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