The Cibrèo Food Experiences are designed for students who want to understand how one of the most historical and eclectic food businesses in Italy work every day. One month in the kitchens of Cibrèo to learn the secrets behind a successful restaurant.

  • Cost: 3.000 Euro
  • Duration: 4 Weeks
  • Language: English or Italian
  • Modalities: Every Day | 9am – 5pm
  • Where: On-site, Florence, Italy
  • Starting Date: 4th July

Find out more about this course

Our menus follow the turning of the seasons: they may seem static, but they actually move from winter to spring, summer and fall and change every month, every week and every day.
Fabio Picchi

Cibrèo Academy’s food experience provides students with a unique and fully immersive experience within an artisanal and authentic food business and restaurant based in Florence,  focused on a respectful approach to food production and consumption, by giving value to the resources of the territory and by connecting with local and sustainable food producers and farmers.

The program is directed at students who are willing to live a unique learning experience at Cibrèo, one of the most established multi-culinary projects in Italy, and to learn how to work in culinary projects and artisan food businesses. The course is designed with a focus on the knowledge of local, seasonal and artisanal ingredients, cooking skills and restaurant management.

The Cibrèo Academy food experience provides some of the best, fresh and seasonal ingredients. Italian and Mediterranean Diet rely on these elements and this course will focus on this approach. Tastes, fragrances and colours are the key elements to prepare and elaborate a light yet rich menu.

The next session will take place on July 4th, 2022.

Cibrèo was founded on September 8th 1979 following an intuition by Fabio Picchi, who chose this name in full harmony with its family tradition and with a real passion for the alchemy of Florentine cuisine.

In a constant shift between past and present, the city, the neighbourhood and the whole world,  Cibrèo has become the ideal setting for cultural discussion and social promotion.  Cibrèo is not only a restaurant, it is also an eatery – Cibrèo Trattoria (the so-called Cibrèino), a coffee shop – Caffè Cibrèo, a cultural association – Teatro del Sale,  a Tuscan Oriental restaurant – Ciblèo and a grocery store, C.Bio.


Cibrèo Academy’s program, starting from the particularity and distinctiveness of the Tuscan and Florentine food culture within Italy, will invite the students to reflect on food production, consumption and preparation in relation to terroir, from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective.

Students also engage with design and branding elements, essential to developing a personal path in the artisanal food field. They can start here their future as makers, entrepreneurs or successful employees all over the world.

Given the nature of the discipline, the course will rely on skilled practitioners as the key facilitators of learning. Instructors are food producers, farmers, food entrepreneurs, wine makers, chefs, food historians, sociologists and anthropologists, marketing experts, who will have a common focus in seeking to develop the skills of the students as proactive and reflective independent learners.

The 3 weeks program combines practical hands-on training with theoretical study of subjects that focus on the food landscape and production and on how an artisan food business works.

Our purpose is to build a vast network of contemporary culinary artisans who are able to change the world with their hands by developing a conscious relationship with food, spreading awareness of the importance of environmental and social sustainability, food quality and terroir. We strongly believe that they can have a direct impact on the food system through an ethical approach to food.

Our wish is to spread our approach and respect for sustainable food to a vast community and to make sure that local products and producers will play a primary role in the food system.

Learning outcomes
After having completed the Cibrèo food experience students:

Will learn basic cooking skills using local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients.


Will understand concepts, ideas and applied strategies of an artisanal food business.


Will develop a deeper understanding of the importance of food by analyzing its life cycle and its social, cultural , political, economic and environmental implications.


Will gain a clearer sense of what their skills, abilities and talents are, and how to apply them in their work.


Will learn how to give value to the local food resources and how to communicate this value through their work.

Informations and requirements
Attendance and schedule

Attendance is mandatory; cooking lessons and classes are held from Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 1 PM and from 2.00 to 5:00 PM (subject to adjustments). The course consists of 90 hours over 3 weeks.

Number of participants

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. There are no prerequisites. Personal motivation and vision will be the main aspects that will be taken into consideration and evaluated in order to be accepted into this program.

How to enroll

Each applicant will be interviewed by the school’s staff in order to verify language skills and find out what the student’s motivations are. To start the enrollment process and receive the list of documents needed, please fill out the contact form.

Academic Requirements

High school diploma; A high-intermediate level of the English or Italian language sufficient to understand and participate in lessons (corresponding to level TOEFL 450); 18 years of age at the time of application. Courses will be held in English and Italian.


Courses will start on July 4th, 2022. Credit transfer is available, please write our staff for more details.


The School will support students to find an accommodation during the course length.

what you need to know

Total price for the Cibrèo Food Experience course of 90 academic hours is 2500€.

A pre-enrollment is necessary with a deposit of 1500€ at the moment of the signing up. The deposit will be refunded if the application is not accepted.

Fees include: all class work, lessons, use of laboratories, taxes and insurance. Not included: accommodation and meals, airfare, airport transfer and meals.

Next session will start on July 4th 2022.

lesson plan

This program is a hands-on, practical, old-masters approach to learning the artisanal craft of making food.  Instructors are all professionals in the field who will impart both their theoretical and practical abilities as well as their experience as food artisans.

Cibrèo’s values such as seasonal and fresh products, ethical food production, simplicity, authenticity and tradition will be the key elements of the learning process.  

The course consists of 90 academic hours which will include practical cooking classes with a dedicated chef, visits to artisan food and wine producers, keynote speakers, lectures and conferences and Cibrèo’s staff talks.

The program is structured in order to provide a fully immersive work experience within the  Cibrèo network including Teatro del Sale, Ristorante Cibrèo, Trattoria Cibrèo, Caffè Cibrèo, Ciblèo fusion restaurant and C.Bìo.

Students will dedicate 50% of the scheduled hours to  practical work in one of the Cibrèo’s venues under the guidance of Cibrèo staff and 50% of the scheduled hours to theoretical classes that will provide a solid theoretical framework and a deeper understanding of the complexity of the subjects that are addressed during the program. 

The hands-on training will range from bread making, to pastries and desserts, to butchery and charcuterie, to seasonal preserves, to foundations of Italian cuisine as well as cooking skills and techniques.

The theoretical modules will focus on subjects such as restaurant management, restaurant branding, suppliers  and staff management, management, PR, marketing and communication, history and culture of Italian gastronomy, food sociology, nutrition and sustainability in the food supply chain.

Furthermore at the beginning of the program students will attend a Haccp certification course which will allow them to work safely and to respect the hygiene and safety standards in the kitchen.


10:00-13:00 AM / 14:00-18:00 PM (CET)

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