I was born and raised in Italy and after moving to the Netherlands when I was 22 I worked for a long time as an interpreter/translator.
In 2000 I started teaching Italian cooking at the Volksuniversiteit in Amstelveen. It was a nice hobby but I wanted more. La Cucina del Sole was the direct consequence of this activity: one of my passions – cooking – became a real profession. And I never regretted the career switch from translator to cooking teacher!
My immense love for the Italian cuisine and the best wines brought me to deepen my knowledgde of the Italian cuisine further than what I learned from my family. I refined my culinary skills with some cooking master classes at the renowned “Gambero Rosso” cooking school in Rome, a sommelier diploma in 2009 and innumerable practical experiments. My great culinary passions are the classic Italian cuisine as well as the regional and historic recipes, the healthy Italian cuisine and the international cuisine.My favourite specialisation is the vegetarian and vegan cuisine: lots of delicious dishes prepared with fantasy, taste and plenty of vegetables.
I am considered a culinary expert and I’m often requested to give advice by the Consumentenbond (Dutch Consumers’ Union), TV programmes like Kassa! (Vara), “De smaakpolitie” (SBS6), “Herrie in de keuken” (RTL4) and “Huisje Boompje Beestje” (NTR), radio programmes such as “Dichtbij Nederland” (Radio 5) and “Winfrieds Woonkamer” (NTR), newspapers and blogs (Metro, Parool, SpecialBite, Koken Blogo, Sjakes.com and so forth) and magazines (De Smaak van Italie, Foodies, Delicious etc.).
I teach classic, regional and healthy Italian cuisine offering single cookery workshops, cooking courses of several lessons, private dining service, Italian catering, culinary advice, recipe writing, presentation of cooking programs on TV and video, articles on the Italian cuisine and more. I also write about food and wine for my own culinary blogs: Cucina del Sole (English), Cucina del Sole (Dutch), La Cucina del Sole (Dutch) and The Sunny Kitchen (English).
My first cookbook, “Antipasti” ISBN (9059205154), was published by Veltman, and my second one, “Cucina di casa mia – Recipes of an Italian family” released by Dutch publisher Choizes won the Third prize at the Gourmand Cookbook Award in Paris in the category “Best Italian Cookbook in the World” in 2013. My third book called “Gewoon gezond“, published in 2015, is a collaboration with nutritionist and author Rolien Scheepbouwer.
In 2011 I presented 40 episodes of “La cucina degli altri“, my own TV cooking show dedicated to the world cuisine on the first and largest Italian food channel, “Gambero Rosso Channel” (channel 411 on Sky).
In 2015 I became a Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Ambassador.
My personal food preferences are simple, easy and green. I love meat, fish and eggs and yet I tend to eat plant-based food as much as I can. I consume animal products from time to time (especially when I eat out), and preferably organic. I love vegetables and adore to experiment with them. I use my creativity in the kitchen by cooking with what I have in the fridge/pantry and I love to develop recipes that are healthy, vegetarian/vegan and yet very tasty and nutritious. I find that limiting the consumption of animal proteins is a lot better for my health and for that of our planet, so f you want to put a label on me you can use the word “flexitarian”. 🙂