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The chef: Lorena Autuori

Born in the southern coastal city of Salerno, her cooking revisits the techniques and traditions of Cucina Casalinga.

Cucina Casalinga: Learn the secrets of Italian home-cooking with Chef Lorena

Lorena’s cookery sessions explore the nature of Cucina Casalinga (Italian home-cooking). During her classes she aspires to share with students the same love and curiosity for cooking that she acquired throughout her travels and experiences over the world.

If you spend time with Lorena, expect to master the fundamental techniques and traditions which govern Italian cuisine. Whilst Italy has an expansive number of cuisines (from the North to the South), Lorena’s experience guarantees she can help you prepare a number of different dishes based on personal taste and requirements. When in the kitchen with Lorena you will work collaboratively around a big kitchen table, observing and putting to practice the techniques you learn.

The classes are very playful and practical so expect to get your hands working as well as your taste-buds. Across these experiences Lorena aims to not only teach you the techniques and skills of Italian home-cooking, but her philosophy behind cooking. She believes cuisine plays a fundamental role in bring you closer in contact with the world, its vast cultures and interesting inhabitants.

Chef Lorena Autuori


Moving to San Gemini 25 years ago Lorena mastered the practice of Umbrian cooking — a very rustic and simple cuisine based on seasonal ingredients. In 2010 she enrolled at ALMA, International School for Italian Cuisine located in Parma. After this experience she founded the cultural association Percorsi con Gusto with the aim to promote Italian culture through traditional cuisine. In the upcoming years, she travelled to various parts of the world bringing her passion and curiosity for cooking to the United States, Taiwan and the Caribbean.

Lorena organises cooking classes in her home set in a 17th century historical building in the heart of the historical town San Gemini, however is happy to travel to clients villas in Tuscany and Umbria.

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