Celio Pereira

Celio Pereira

Education
32 years of cooking experience
Experience
Head Chef at Mamma Maria
Cuisine
Italian Cuisine

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ABOUT THE CHEF
What food comes to mind when you think of a Boston chef? Lobster? Clam chowder? Regardless of what you may initially think, Italian food is somewhat of an anomaly in Boston cooking. However, Chef Celio Pereira is here to change your thinking by offering a unique touch on traditional Italian dishes! With over thirty-two years of experience, he offers a number of different classes that will have you experiencing pasta in a way you never thought possible!

Chef Pereira believes that a passion for food and cooking is essential to create delicious dishes. His passion is evident in the food he creates, including such wonderful dishes as pappardelle with a wild boar ragu and authentic Neapolitan style pizza that is cooked in a wood fire oven brought all the way from Italy! Chef Perreira does not only concentrate on main dishes, he also specializes in smaller plates which have been inspired by street food, such as croquettes and mouth-watering zeppole!
 
MOTTO
You Need to Have Passion
 
ACTIVITIES
Cooking classes
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Many people who are allergic or intolerant to gluten presume that they cannot enjoy authentic Italian food. This is simply not true, and this class will prove it! In this class, we ... morewill put that rumor to rest once and for all, as you will learn how to make pasta that is both delicious and gluten-free! This healthy cooking class begins with a salad made with fresh mozzarella and, of course, Italian wine before you move on to the main course, creating delicious gluten-free pasta dishes!
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A healthy cooking class that places emphasis on preparing tasty, satisfying vegetarian dishes. You will be so impressed with the flavors produced here that you will never miss the ... moremeat! Some of the delicious dishes created here include manicotti, tubular shaped pasta which encapsulates a savory filling of cheeses and herbs and pasta arrabbiata, a famous vegetarian dish known for its spicy and flavorful sauce!
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The title of this class literally translated to everything cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese? Here you will learn about the importance of various cheeses in creating delicious Italian ... morefood! This class features cheese as the star of the show, creating a parmesan crusted salad with fresh mozzarella paired with Quadro Formaggi pasta!
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While the fresh salad and wonderful pasta dish created here is certainly spectacular, the main draw of this class is learning how to make one of the most delicious Italian desserts ... morein existence, Tiramisu! This beloved sweet treat consists of ladyfingers drenched in espresso. These ladyfingers are then layered with a sinfully delicious mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese! This is a dessert that many people think is too complicated to make at home, yet here you will learn how to re-create this dish that is sure to please the whole family!
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In this class, Chef Pereira will instruct you on the timeless art of constructing fresh and delicious pasta! The majority of Boston cooking classes tend to not focus upon authentic ... moreItalian fare, so this is a real treat, as just about everyone loves pasta!

You will learn how to make different kinds of pasta here, such as tortellini and gnocchi. Tortellini has a very distinctive ring shape and is typically stuffed with all sorts of delicious fillings from various cheeses to different kinds of meats. Gnocchi is a small kind of dumpling that is generally thick in texture and flavored with various herbs. Of course, the sauce is an important part of creating tasty pasta dishes, so you will also learn the different steps and ingredients that go into creating a flavorful and authentic ragout!
Private Events
Bring your children and tag along! This is Halloween pumpkin carving raised to a whole new level! Under Chef Celio’s careful supervision, you will learn to make Pumpkin Cream Soup ... morein a Jack-O-Lantern shell, Bat-Pasta with special pumpkin filling, and a special pumpkin dessert. You will then sit down for a lunch with the food that was prepared in the class. Your children are going to have a blast, that’s our promise!
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While the fresh salad and wonderful pasta dish created here is certainly spectacular, the main draw of this class is learning how to make one of the most delicious Italian desserts ... morein existence, Tiramisu! This beloved sweet treat consists of ladyfingers drenched in expresso. These ladyfingers are then layered with a sinfully delicious mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese! This is a dessert that many people think is too complicated to make at home, yet here you will learn how to re-create this dish that is sure to please the whole family!
Team building
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Grab your friends and book an evening to learn one of the most valuable and entertaining culinary skills around! While the fresh salad and wonderful pasta dish created here is certainly ... morespectacular, the main draw of this class is learning how to make one of the most delicious Italian desserts in existence, Tiramisu! This beloved sweet treat consists of ladyfingers drenched in expresso. These ladyfingers are then layered with a sinfully delicious mixture of eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese! This is a dessert that many people think is too complicated to make at home, yet here you will learn how to re-create this dish that is sure to please the whole family!
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Grab your friends and book an evening to learn one of the most valuable and entertaining culinary skills around, creating fresh pasta! Once you have experienced freshly made pasta, ... morethe stuff from the box will never taste as appealing, and you can learn to create this delicious Italian staple at the instruction of an authentic Italian chef while creating a memorable evening with those closest to you! This class is somewhat unusual, as the majority of Boston cooking classes tend to shun traditional Italian cooking, so this is a real treat, as just about everyone loves pasta!

As a group, you will learn how to make two different kinds of pasta from scratch. These are tortellini and gnocchi, both of which are absolutely amazing in their flavor and consistency. As we all know, it is not just the pasta that makes the dish but the sauce as well, so the evening will culminate in the creation of a deliciously authentic ragout! Afterward, the best part awaits you, which is enjoying a well-deserved indulgence in some delicious food coupled with a perfectly paired glass of wine!
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