Private Chef Valentina Toronto, ON, Canada

Go to Italy for one night! The food, the stories, the energy

Personal Chef # 25974

Cooking style
Fresh ingredients and simple flavours that make you close your eyes and travel with your mind
Born in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, I grew up with a great appetite for and appreciation of authentic Italian food which was passed down through my family. For as long as I can remember, excellent home cooked meals (all sourced from local producers of course) provided me with nourishment for both the body and soul. After working in Milan in computer technology, I decided it was time to get back into the kitchen for some of that nourishment that the corporate world was not providing me. In 2012 I founded my own cooking school in Milan called Foodies’ Place. Run out of my home, the goal was to teach tourists from all over how to cook authentic Italian food, to pass on to them the secrets of how to cook traditional Italian food. Foodies’ Place evolved to become a well-known local cooking school where people learned how to cook traditional Italian meals using everyday kitchen utensils and appliances that they would have in their own homes. In 2017 I was sponsored by Nella Cucina to move to Toronto to work as their cooking school manager and as a corporate chef. Duties included organizing and running cooking classes for both corporate and private clients, menu development, budgeting and recipe planning. The vast array of clients meant I was constantly dealing with unique challenges. One day I could be cooking for business executives or other chefs, while the next day it could be teaching people with eating disorders or allergies how to cook healthy meals and the importance of nutrition. Both of these jobs have enabled me to grow as a teacher and as a chef. I am now fortunate to be in the position of being able to combine these two attributes to offer a variety of services that allow me to get back to doing what I love most, which is teaching, developing recipes and cooking for people.
French, Greek, Health, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Chef Valentina
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