Food is life, and family and heritage are the ingredients of who we are.
When I cook, my nonna cooks, my mamma cooks. They flow through me and help me to connect, and align me to the core of my own heart, the voice of truth, which teaches me to nourish and communicate through food, they are my life teachers, my mentors to assist me to teach you about cooking from the heart.
All my experiences have brought me to this place in time right now. My passion to pass on the zest for life through Sicilian cooking is the driver for these cooking classes. My decades of work as a Sicilian chef have taught me that food can heal, food can link you to a forgotten heritage, food can stir up and reveal the essence of you.
It is my intention to inspire you to connect with food and share it at your table you will find that it is your teacher. You will find appreciation, gratitude, and an amazing love for life. Food is much more than simply nourishment or fuel.
Food is the communicator of families, when you look back, it is the special times in life, when you sat at your table and took the time to eat a meal, the memories that you created for future generations are stored in the chronicles of their own minds. Unlocked at certain times of their lives, to create strength, and inspiration of unity of family for the future generations to come.
You create the trail and lead the way for your family. Food is the teacher, the way we eat, what we eat and how we eat. The ingredients represent us, they nourish us, refuel, and inject us, to release gratitude, love, patience, and our wellbeing is the most important thing in life.
The process of sourcing beautiful ingredients, deciding what to cook to suit the season and the mood, then cooking in your own kitchen and finally, sitting down with your family and sharing a meal together is the greatest gift I can give you. Communicating your love and history and sense of self through food and connecting with your loved ones across the table is the greatest gift you can pass on to your family.
My vision is to lead you to the heart of the table, with the intention for you to have stronger family foundations that will improve your overhaul health and wellbeing for your family, by building a stronger family unit, Sicilian food is the foundation of strong family ties and tradition, it is healthy, seasonal and tailored especially from families, with centuries of life, the knowledge, wisdom that comes from each recipe has stories of struggles, triumphs, famine, love, war and family, it is the benchmark established from different cultures that tried to conquer Sicily, today centuries later it is standing strong and represents the family unit in the community the very core to heart of the table.
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