Ethical, Artisanal, Authentic Food

Cibrèo Culinary Academy training program is a unique, intensive and fully immersive learning experience. Students have the opportunity to work close to a real restaurant staff and experience the real life of a kitchen.

  • Cost: €5.900 (10 weeks) | €10.800 (20 weeks)
  • Duration: 10 | 20 Weeks
  • Language: English | Italian
  • Modalities: Every Day | 9am – 5pm
  • Where: On-site, Florence, Italy
  • Starting Date: 22 Aug or 6 Feb

Find out more about this course


The course is addressed to:

This course is designed for those who want to learn basic and advanced cooking techniques and become professionals in this field.

Duration of the course:

Apprentice Level: 10 weeks program (300 hours).

Artigiano Level: 20 weeks professional program (600 hours).

What you will learn:

Students will live a unique experience within one of the most renowned restaurants in Florence and Italy.

They will have the possibility to learn the whole process of a professional kitchen by working in direct contact with its staff.

They will have a 360° technical, practical and theoretical approach to everything that concerns food production, preparation, consumption and business.


The course is composed of 2 modules.

With the first 10-week basic module, students will learn the fundamental cooking techniques and how to source and select the best quality ingredients.

By completing the 20-week program, they will reach a professional level, acquire advanced cooking skills and an essential managerial and entrepreneurial expertise.

Starting from the very first day, students will be part of a real kitchen brigade and will experience how a professional food business works by being an active part of the Cibrèo’s world.

Through this training program Cibrèo aims to share its genuine and successful approach to food and food business.

Students will learn how to work in a professional kitchen and how to create and manage a network of local suppliers.

Seasonal and local products will be the leading and central theme of the program.

Students will explore topics such as sustainability, ethical and health issues related to food production, consumption and quality.

Cibrèo Culinary Academy is not strictly a Tuscan or ltalian cooking school, it’s a unique culinary concept.

Its vision, method and philosophy can be transferred and applied anywhere in the world.

Students coming from abroad and planning to work or set up a food business, will be able to put into practice their knowledge and experience worldwide.

The course will be held twice a year.

SPRING SESSION – starting at the beginning of February.

FALL SESSION – starting at the end of August.

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 training course is part of SCHOLA, a platform for education in the field of craftsmanship.

Cibrèo Culinary Academy training program aims to empower each student to pursue their dream of becoming professionals in the field of food business through the development of both their skills and vision. They will learn how to give shape to their ideas and put them into practice.

The program combines practical hands-on training with theoretical study of subjects related to food production, consumption and business.

Students will also engage with design and branding elements. They will start to build their future as makers, entrepreneurs or successful employees all over the world.

Some workshop activities will require students to work in groups, also from other courses, in scenarios that will involve multiple cultures and nationalities.

Some workshop activities will require students to work in groups, also from other courses, in scenarios that will involve multiple cultures and nationalities.

Cibrèo Academy program, starting from the peculiarity and specificity of the Tuscan and Florentine food culture within Italy, will lead students to reflect about food production, consumption and preparation in relation to terroir, from a broad and multidisciplinary perspective.

We strongly believe in the importance of teaching an ethical approach to food which can have a direct, wide and beneficial impact on the whole food system.

Our purpose is to build a dense network of contemporary culinary artisans who are able to change the world with their hands by developing a conscious relationship with food.

Learning outcomes
After having completed this path students:

Will be trained to work in a professional kitchen and how to be qualified leaders in the food industry.


Will be able to turn visions, ideas, strategies and concepts into concrete actions.


Will gain a clear sense of what their skills, abilities and talents are, and how to apply them to their work, along with a platform for further growth and development.


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


Will learn how to be contemporary entrepreneurs with the expertise to start and run their own original food business and the skills to manage their own brand.

Informations and requirements
Attendance and schedule

Attendance is mandatory. Classes and workshops are held from Monday to Friday. The schedule and timing may change depending on Cibreo's needs and priorities, therefore students are required to provide maximum flexibility in order to fulfill their academic curriculum and experience the complexity of the Cibrèo's network operations. Basic module is 10 weeks long, advanced module is 10 weeks long, including 3 weeks of multidisciplinary labs and final project workshops. A detailed schedule will be provided during the course.

Number of participants

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. There are no pre requirements. Personal motivation and vision will be the main aspect 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 to 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 English or Italian language sufficient to understand and to 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.


The school will support students in finding an accommodation during the length of the course.


Courses will be held twice a year, with a spring session starting at the beginning of February and a fall session starting at the end of August.

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+[39] 055/8895660



Via Pindemonte,63

Florence (Italy)

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