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The Depot Hotel Cooking School

Since 1987, we have been teaching classes to our students primarily in Tuscan cuisine, but also rustic Mediterranean cuisine, country French cooking, and on the cuisine of other Italian provinces as well. We have also offered classes in open-air grilling, Southern barbeque, Oriental cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Mayan cuisine, and American regional cooking.

Current Owner and Chef, Michael Ghilarducci, was born in the Italian-speaking area of North Beach known as "Little Italy.” At the age of eleven he began working in the kitchens of his father's restaurant. After graduation from the culinary program at City College of San Francisco and formal training in the Classical French tradition, Chef Ghilarducci has worked at some of the most prestigious restaurants in San Francisco. In 1989, Chef Ghilarducci received the honor to be recognized as a Master Chef of America. Chef Ghilarducci also enjoys trips to Northern Italy to visit his family near Florence. Through these trips, he has developed a great respect for the variety and naturally healthy cuisine that distinguishes the rustic "country style" of cooking in Italy. In 1987 Chef Ghilarducci and his wife founded the cooking school, Scuola Rustica, and have been teaching cooking classes here in Sonoma ever since. In 2002 he had the pleasure of joining Jacques Pepin for a week of joint cooking classes at Chateau Villette outside of Paris. Since then, Chef Ghilarducci has continued to teach in Sonoma, Provence, Argentina, Italy, as well as on Crystal Cruise Lines.

School name:The Depot Hotel Cooking School
Zip & city:CA 95476 California
Phone:707 938 2980

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