Wild Italian Fire Cookery Course

Immerse yourself in Italy’s culinary favourites with a wild twist, cooked over an open-fire and featuring seasonally and locally inspired British produce.

Course Details

Our day begins with a gentle meander up to our woodland glen. Along the way, we will gather a selection of wild ingredients, introducing you to the tasty morsels that nature’s larder has to offer.


Our passion for Italian inspired cookery stems from co-founder Beckie’s childhood in Lombardy, Northern Italy, where she inherited a deep culinary appreciation for the country’s approach to quality, seasonal ingredients and the focus on shared dining.


After a restorative brew, we will learn how to make fire using natural tinders, transforming a tiny spark into a flame and giving you the opportunity to slow down into the rhythm of the woods.


Fires crackling and curiosity sparked, we will then introduce you to a medley of Italian inspired dishes with a wild twist, using plenty of fire cookery techniques along the way. These may include our Gozney Roccbox pizza oven, skillet cooking, grilling, spit roasting, dutch oven cooking and pasta or gnocchi making.

How We Teach

A full day of immersive fire fuelled cooking, all of our courses revolve around cookery demonstrations, before we send you off to recreate and enjoy the fruits of your labour!


We will start by cooking up a hearty brunch, followed by a further 4 dishes throughout the day, ranging from little bites perfect for aperitivo to fresh pasta which may be formed into tortellini or cavatelli.


Whether you’re flying solo or joining us with friends and family, the focus of all of our courses is showing you the incredible potential seasonal and local ingredients have in your outdoor kitchen, as well as how to incorporate new techniques into your everyday cooking. 


To round off our Wild Italian Fire Cookery Day, we will finish with a homemade and wildly inspired dolce as a little pick me up before you head home full of food and inspiration (and our Fire Cookery Guide and Recipe Pack!).

Hands-On Learning

All tuition is hands-on, you'll get stuck in making multiple dishes to enjoy.

Small Groups

Keeping it intimate, with a maximum of 12 guests per course.

Expert Equipment

Our courses are all taught on the FireMade UK Hanging Frames.

Experienced Tutors

Led by our Head Chef and Co-Founder, Christian.

Seasonally Inspired

Championing seasonal, local and wild ingredients.

Further Details

Festive Fire Cookery Course

What do we cook on?

Our woodland kitchen is fired by FireMade UK pits and hanging frames, fuelled with charcoal from Green Olive Firewood and a mix of locally seasoned hardwood logs.

We may also feature a wide selection of fire equipment, which may include Big Green Egg ceramic cookers, Gozney Roccbox pizza ovens, Kadai fire bowls, spit roast machines and more.

Our Woodland Classroom

You’ll find us on the Priory Farm Estate in the village of South Nutfield in Surrey. Our woodland classroom is a 5 minute walk from our barn, where we gather before our day in the woods begins.

Beneath the trees, you’ll find our tipi and wooden shelter, which houses our kitchen and dining area. Throughout the seasons, we embrace the great outdoors in all its glory!

Festive Fire Cookery Course

Who is it suitable for?

Our Wild Italian Fire Cookery course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn to cook over fire, suitable for both fire and food novices, with our passionate and professional tutors guiding you every step of the way.

As with all our courses, our menus are best suited for flexible, adventurous eaters and is not suitable for vegetarians or Gluten-Free individuals.

This course is suitable for guests aged 14+.

Customer Testimonials

“Just back from a special day at Salt box learning Wild Italian Cookery. The pace, setting, general vibe and of course the delicious food made it so enjoyable. Well worth our 225mile round trip! Thanks so much to Christian, Beckie and all the Team at The Salt box. We hope to be back one day."
Chris & Nikki S.
“What an awesome day! We started off foraging wild herbs to accompany some of the dishes, then learned how to start and manage a cooking fire. Then we moved on to learning five different Italian-style dishes and then cooking them ourselves, all over wood fire. Dessert pizza was a definite highlight but all the recipes were delicious. Christian and Becky are great hosts and you are well looked after all day. Would definitely recommend it."
David M.
“We had an absolutely fabulous day on our Wild Italian course. Christian, Beckie and Florrie are a fabulously hospital and welcoming team. Christian shared his fascinating knowledge and passion for food, foraging and outdoor cooking in an engaging and natural manner. The food was delicious and the setting was perfect. We would thoroughly recommend the day!"
Alison A.

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