Tony May wants you to COOK like an ITALIAN!
Tony May founded the Italian Culinary Foundation to elevate the standards and understanding of Italian cuisine through education. To accomplish that, he offers two programs specially designed for culinary professionals and food enthusiasts to work and study in Italy:
The BASIC STUDY COURSE and the STAGE EXPERIENCE are intensive practical culinary courses, designed and hosted by Tony May. The programs are geared towards young culinary students, as well as professional chefs and food enthusiasts who wish to learn more or refresh their knowledge of Italian cuisine. Students will learn the core values of Italian cuisine and have a chance to visit food and wine producers to equip them with a better understanding of authentic Italian products. These programs can also be adapted as an incentive or training initiative for the staff of restaurants, hospitality groups and hotel chains. They promise authentic taste memories to bring home. Companies can also use their staff's involvement in these programs as an effective marketing tool.
Studying and working in Italy has enabled chefs to think about food the way an Italian does. Some of the most highly regarded American chefs – Paul Bartolotta, Andrew Carmellini, Mark Vetri, Marc Bianchini, Odette Fada, Theo Schoenegger, Scott Conant, Matteo Bergamini and Mitchell Davis – who studied and worked in Italy, have contributed immeasurably to Italian cuisine building it into the number one ethnic cuisine in America.
I plan to send (he sent his executives first) our young chefs to Italy, not just to learn, but to experience how to prepare authentic Italian recipes. The May-Mei Italian Culinary Academy program is short, intensive, contemporary, and a great opportunity for our culinary employees.
I was unsure what more there was to learn, boy was I wrong. Tony and his partner chef Sergio Mei provided an indepth and exciting program that not only taught the skills and methods of classic Italian cuisine but also inspired me through historical cuisine theory.
Vice President of Food & Beverage Operations
Marcus Hotels and Resorts, Milwaukee
Tony May is a living legend in the hospitality community; a leader in the field and an advocate for all those in our profession. His decades of experience make him the Senator of the restaurant business ...
I personally took away some cool pointers and tips, especially when it came to classic Italian techniques … If we were to send staff from our company, I think line cooks and junior sous chefs would benefit most. It would give them some great perspective into traditional Italian cuisine and knowledge of ingredients.
Executive Dining Chef, Hearst Publications, New York
This program was a great way to understand and feel true Italian cuisine … from field trips to practical hands-on cooking … you always feel like you’re learning, even at a simple family meal.
Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Director, Hyatt Regency Boston
I had the best time which I will cherish forever. It was an honor being with Tony, Marisa, and Sergio … I loved the classes in the mornings, the visits to producers and cooking in the evenings.
Owner, Dickie Brennan & Co. Restaurant Group, New Orleans