We are a certified member of Responsible Travel, an organisation that only works with "the world's best specialist tour operators", which treat local people and cultures with respect and fairness, and aim to have a positive impact on the place and people in which they operate.
In terms of financial protection for our guests, in accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992” all passengers are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. Outlined below are our economic, social and environmental policies.
Our profit-based business activities in Italy have their own social positive impact in terms of connecting people to positive and sustainable ways of producing, consuming, and understanding food. However we also aim to have an equally powerful positive nonprofit social impact.
Both founders Oli and Flo have worked in a number of capacities using food as a force for good, including running food programmes in refugee camps in France and running healthy food cooking classes for children in deprived areas of London. We aim to use this experience, and the reach we can develop through Cook Eat Discover’s business activities, to use food as a power for good working with, for example, refugees, children with disadvantaged backgrounds, people with learning disabilities, and ex convicts looking for social and economic reintegration.
We are passionate about connecting people with the source of their food, emphasising the importance of respecting ingredients and the environment that creates them. We only promote businesses who are at minimum organic, or preferably use green energy and/or sustainable innovation.
Our courses include meeting fishermen who are fighting the destruction caused to the marine environment by trawler fisherman, mozzarella farmers making biofuel from their own buffalos' waste, olive oil producers using the stones of the used olives to power their factory, rice growers who use only ancient techniques, and beer brewers who power themselves from the earth's geothermal energy.
We use more or less only local products for our cookery lessons and the meals we cook for the guests, and stick to the seasons so as to keep food miles low. We have a very low footprint, are completely paperless and avoid air travel where possible.
In our day to day operations in southern Tuscany, we provide business and exposure for small, sustainable and responsible businesses who are operating in an economically challenging environment. Young people are abandoning this area due to a lack of opportunities, and we hope we can help combat this difficult local situation.
Our aim is that out guests have a memorable experience, while we also drive business towards people who are doing business in a way that is sustainable and responsible.