Food is life, and family and heritage are the essence.

When I cook, my nonna cooks, my mamma cooks. They flow through me and help me to connect, nourish and communicate, they where my life teachers, my mentors to assist me to teach you about food.

My Mission

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 mission to inspire you to connect with food and 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.

My mission is to give you the knowledge, the talents and skills that I know from life that food, has taught me to assist you in your journey 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 will be the greatest gift you can pass on to your family.

Sicily 2017

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