Enjoy a day of cooking at the Cooking Skills Academy. This unique culinary experience includes hands-on cooking classes in a custom-designed gourmet kitchen. Learn from real chefs from real restaurants as they guide you through this culinary adventure. Plus, celebrity chefs from Top Chef, Iron Chef and Masterchef. That's a trifecta of chefs (see below).
Cooking Skills Academy
1201 Norwood Avenue
Itasca, IL 60143
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Apps and cocktails start at 11:30 am
Cooking school ends at 2:00 pm
Shuttle service to and from the Westin Lombard will be provided.
- Departs hotel at 11 am.
- Departs Cooking Skills Academy at 2:30 pm
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LEARN FROM THE BEST
We're excited to announce two celebrity chefs for the event:
Mario Rizzotti. Mario is an acclaimed television personality and Italian culinary expert whose passion is to educate and bring to your kitchen all matters of authentic Italian cuisine and ingredients. You'll learn so much from Mario, including what EVOO is. He most recently served as a judge on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Learn more about Mario.
Luca Manfe: Luca was born in Italy and came to the States to follow the American dream. He grew up in the restaurant business working in Italy, Australia, Florida and New York where he experienced ingredients and techniques from different cuisines; Japanese to French, to Modern American and, of course, Italian. Learn more about Luca.
Carlos Gaytan: For his Mexique restaurant on Chicago Avenue in Chicago, Carlos has earned a spot on Chicago magazine’s top new restaurants of 2009, best restaurant of 2010 and received its first star in the Michelin Guide in 2013. He was also awarded “Chef of the Year 2011” by the American Culinary Federation. Learn more about Carlos.