Wild Italian
Fire Cookery

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

Join us in our Woodland Kitchen to learn how to tame the fire and create Italian inspired meals, in a relaxed and informative environment beneath the trees.

At The Salt Box, each and every menu, supper or event is centred around the flames. Whether it’s cooking our food, warming our guests or simply providing light for us to work by, we are never far from a fire. With this course, we aim to restore this ancient skill and demonstrate how an outdoor feast tastes far better cooked over the flames.

 

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.

 

Our food-filled adventure starts with a foraging walk up to our woodland glen, gathering a selection of wild ingredients on our way. We will give you tips on how to identify seasonal hedgerow edibles, introducing you to the tasty morsels that nature’s larder has to offer.

 

After a restorative cuppa, we will then turn our attention to the main business of the day; lighting our fires. You will learn to build, light and control your fire, which you’ll take responsibility for throughout the day.

 

Fires crackling and curiosity sparked, we will then introduce you to a medley of Italian inspired dishes. No Italian Cookery course would be complete without a celebration of Italy’s most beloved carbohydrates – so freshly made pasta is definitely on the agenda! We’ll also create a selection of dishes featuring seasonal and wild ingredients, cooked over an open fire. And of course, you’ll finish the day with a hard-earned feast. 

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.

 

Our courses are designed to be informative yet relaxed. For us, cooking over fire is not just about cooking a delicious meal, but spending time in the great outdoors.

 

Whether you’re flying solo or joining us with friends and family, all of our workshops are centred around enjoying the fruits of your labour throughout the day – expect to head home smelling of wood smoke, with plenty of food and fire in your bellies.

 

At the end of the day, we’ll send you home with our Fire Cookery Guide and Recipe pack.

Sample Dishes

Wild Garlic Focaccia

Rabbit Arancini w/ N’Duja mayo

Nettle Pici Pasta w/ Crayfish

Borage Tortellini w/ Buttered Cobnuts

Slow Roasted Chilli, Fennel and Orange Pork Belly 

Wild Herb Gnocchi w/ Venison Ragu

Pheasant Saltimbocca w/ Fennel Squashed Potatoes

Wild Italian cookery course
online cooking over fire course
Wild Garlic Pici Pasta

What's Included

£175 pp

Our Customer Reviews

"We went to the Pasta Workshop and couldn't fault a single part of the experience. The entire day was great with both Christian and Beckie being both fantastic with their in depth knowledge in how to make the pasta you know, taste even better!"
James H.
"Beckie and Christian’s concept of sourcing local foods, along with the wild things we don’t think about any more, combined with cooking over the open fires is inspirational - and made even more delightful by their enchanting woodland setting."
Jo T.
"A wonderful experience and worth every penny. It’s a lovely position in the Surrey Hills! The staff are great, they obviously know their stuff and their enthusiasm is addictive. You learn bushcraft as well as cooking over fire that you have made yourself (no matches!) and eating some fantastic food."
Paul S.

SMALL GROUPS

Maximum 12 guests per course

HANDS-ON 

LEARNING

Get stuck in and learn to cook 4-5 dishes

EXPERT EQUIPMENT

Our courses are all taught on the Country Fire Kitchen Hanging Frames

EXPERIENCED

TUTORS

Led by our Head Chef, Christian

SEASONAL

& LOCAL

Championing local, seasonal ingredients

Learn on top of the range fire cookery equipment.

New for 2022, all of our fire cookery courses are taught on Country Fire Kitchen Hanging Frames – incredibly versatile with loads of scope for cooking over the flames.

 

We also feature a number of other great bits of kit, including ceramic charcoal grills (we use Big Green Egg), pizza ovens (we use Gozney Roccbox) and Kadai Fire Bowls.

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About Us

Sustainably minded cooks dedicated to curating unique Feasts Over Fire and Cookery Workshops

The Salt Box is a celebration of seasonal food and open-fire cookery through the coming together of people beneath the trees, creating delicious food from nature’s humble ingredients. We celebrate locally sourced and wild ingredients through our wide range of courses and dining events, in the great outdoors surrounded by crackling fires.