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Sure, we teach our regional recipes but that’s only the beginning: there are always forgotten about ingredients- the history, the culture, the climate, migration patterns and viticulture- that’s where the story starts to really get compelling.

If you’re interested in the ‘why’ and not just the ‘how’. That’s what we do.

We’re lucky enough to be in the best part of Italy, which remains undiscovered by large scale tourism. Here locals will smile when they meet you.

Our students have come from 42 different nations, all around the globe!

In our cookery course, whether it’s starting in the local market each morning, woven baskets in hand, ordering fish still dripping with the Med from Mimmino our fish monger and produce from our trusted greengrocer or making pasta by hand back in our dream kitchen, at The Awaiting Table you are an active participant, not just a spectator.

You will get your hands dirty. You will meet the locals. You will make friends.  You’ll will eat and drink and laugh, but you won’t ever see Italy or Italian food and wine exactly the same way again.

Check out our castle courses, which are more festive and often focused, such as the ‘Making of the Annual Tomato Sauce’, San Martino and our ‘School’s Birthday’ .

But it’s not just that we are obsessed with the food of the Salento, but with Southern Italian wine as well (Your teacher for your time with us is a nationally-certified sommelier here in Italy). Our wine programme, Terronia: the New Wine School of Southern Italy, using the autochthonous Southern Italian varietals as models to go deeper into wine– how to taste it, how it’s made, how to match it- than you ever thought possible in one week. And it’s a lot of fun.

So, feel free to poke around our site. Check out our courses both in Lecce and at The Castle.  When you’re ready to visit, let us know: we’d love  to have you here in the kitchen with us, to keep your glass full, and to set a place for you at The Awaiting Table.




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