Being a culinary wizard is far preferable to being an actual wizard, especially now that they're all property of the British government. Make mealtime magic with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $199 for a two-hour in-home cooking lesson for up to two people (a $400 value)
- $349 for a two-hour in-home cooking lesson for up to six people (a $1,200 value)
Before the lesson, clients discuss the menu with the chef and choose their desired ingredients (not included with this Groupon). The chef then demonstrates basic skills such as cooking al dente pasta or shaping and seasoning meatballs, and helps students prepare two to three authentic, Italian dishes.
Giovanni Varano, the face behind Chef Gio, can transport food lovers to Italy—both literally and figuratively. In addition to preparing authentic Italian dishes during dinner parties or in-home cooking lessons, Varano organizes extensive culinary tours of Europe. Edmonton Journal blogger Liane Faulder describes a tour of Italy that includes visits to a prosciutto manufacturer, a dairy farm producing parmigiano-reggiano cheese, and a balsamic-vinegar winery in Modena. Having been born and raised in Italy, the self-taught chef—who is also the executive director of the Calgary-based Foreign Trade Development Agency—has an insider's perspective on the ingredients and techniques that foodies crave. Chef Varano teaches home cooks to bake focaccia bread and craft traditional gnocchi, or slice beef carpaccio that's thin enough to be used as sunglass lenses.