Art in Life, Art in Food...

The Taste-Italia cookery schools were started in 2002 by Leo and Maureen Smith. Originally in six beautiful historic locations in Tuscany and Le Marche, and now with a successful UK year-round school in Ramsden Heath, Billericay, Essex.

We teach and celebrate traditional ‘Grandmother’ food; delicious seasonal dishes that have been passed through the generations and are notable classics today. We grow our own organic herbs and vegetables, and teach eight to eighty eight year olds authentic Italian home cooking.

In 2014 we formed Starry Night Arts; a series of arts master classes with masters of their art from around the UK.

We look forward to welcoming you in person at Taste Italia & Starry Night Arts.leo_sig

Our Cookery Classes

Taste Italia - Classes Calendar
Cooking at Taste italia is always fun, the school is designed as a large home kitchen, all set in a beautiful six acre country garden…

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Our Arts Master Classes

Starry Night Arts - Arts Master Classes
Starry Night Arts; a series of arts master classes with masters of their art from around the UK…

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