As experts in ice cream training & gelato training, we invest, inspire & innovate to help those starting an ice cream business

Why Antonelli is the ‘go to’ for ice cream training courses and gelato training…

Antonelli is a family company, with the heritage of four generations of making ice cream cones. As pioneers in the UK ice cream market, we are passionate about ice cream excellence.  The Antonelli team like to share their passion about ice cream with those starting an ice cream business.  We take a personal approach with our customers, offering support from set up to established businesses.  Our bespoke gelato training and ice cream training facility – the Antonelli Gelato Academy is the only one of its kind in the UK, purpose built for ice cream training courses and gelato training courses.

***During the current situation relating to COVID-19, Antonelli is following general commercial advice for social distancing.  Only authorised employees may visit our bakery.  However we are resuming our One 2 One ice cream training sessions at our Gelato Academy starting week commencing 15 June 2020.  See our blog on Safe Ice Cream Training for more details.  We are still unable to fulfil our scheduled courses until social distancing restrictions have been eased. However please do contact us to register your interest for when we are able to hold courses in the future.***

Starting an ice cream business or looking to fine tune your skills with specialist gelato training courses

As a company, we are dedicated to supporting our customers, whether you are starting an ice cream or gelato business or well established in the market. Our full time National Technical Manager is on hand to answer your technical questions. We provide ice cream training courses and gelato training at the Antonelli Gelato Academy or on your premises across the UK if so desired.

Antonelli in the UK ice cream industry

With over 100 years in the business, we are now the only UK manufacturer of all types of ice cream cone. Antonelli is the sole UK distributor for Italian company MEC3 (who make world-leading flavours and ingredients). This makes Antonelli unique in the industry.  The Antonelli name is well known and respected amongst wholesalers, ice cream manufacturers and parlour owners alike. Twice our company has been approached by the BBC. Our factory has featured on the ‘Great British Bake Off ‘ as well as the CBeebies programme ‘Do You Know?’  If you would like to see these clips and find out more see the BBC blogs on our main website.

If you wish to find out more about Antonelli and read our full story see our main website.

All the courses I have attended have been brilliant; the team at Antonelli is so passionate about making gelato.  It is worth taking a course for someone in the business who wants to step up.” Sam, Leicestershire

The perfect introduction to ice cream/gelato operations, covering all key bases to formulate decision to invest in set up.Andrew, Somerset

After recently starting up a new gelateria, it was great to develop an understanding further and build my recipes so that I can expand my business.” Phil, Lancashire

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Ice Cream Training Courses

So You Want to Make Gelato (SYWTMG) – Nov ’20

The SYWTMG sessions cover gelato & sorbet base recipes & flavours, with demonstrations showing you how to make a gelato base and a few flavours. We look closely at balancing recipes so that the best structure and texture is maintained,...

Date: 2 November 2020

So You Want to Make Vegan Gelato – keep up with consumer trends Nov ’20

Special dietary requests are no longer few and far between, they are part of every day life, as the public have become more aware of the food they are consuming and the impact on either their bodies or the environment. ...

Date: 3 November 2020

Master Class (invitation only – four day event)

Four day event held annually in November, featuring guest chefs from around the world. Our MasterClass sessions for the last three years have been a resounding success.  Our Masterclass courses provide an opportunity to look into the finer detail of...

Date: 9-12 November 2020

Our Team

Mark Antonelli

Sales & Technical Director

Mark and his brother David are the 4th generation of Antonellis to manage the family business. Mark has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in making and selling ice cream and gelato. Mark provides specialist training and technical direction at the Antonelli Gelato Academy and with customers across the UK.

Jonnathan Ireland

National Technical Manager

Jonny leads the ice cream training courses and provides ongoing technical support to customers across the UK.  Also known as ‘Gelato Jonny’, he is a regular contributor to the ICA’s monthly Ice Cream Magazine.  If you are not a member of the ICA and have not seen the Ice Cream Magazine you can read his articles here.  Keep checking back for the latest Gelato Jonny blog.

Gary Brooks & Customer Service Team

National Sales & Customer Services Manager

Gary manages all the course bookings and liaises with customers. The team is supported by our  Customer Services staff who can also provide you with advice on logistics if required.

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