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With a heritage like Valentina’s, it is no wonder she is such a well-respected authority on Italian food and food culture.

Tracing her family back to 1369 through the illustrious Sforza dynasty, Valentina is the youngest member of a large Anglo-Italian family of gourmets. Educated in Italy, Valentina brought her qualifications for teaching and cooking from Rome to London in 1976, where she built her reputation primarily as a private chef until the publication of her first award-winning cookery book in 1984 - ‘Perfect Pasta’.

The award-winning author of over 40 books on Italian food, Valentina is a well-known celebrity chef and an experienced and enthusiastic teacher at a number of schools including Divertimenti and Caldesi in London and Bertinet in Bath, sharing her food philosophy of seasonal local produce served with minimum fuss and maximum care.

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Now the proprietor, principal tutor and regulator at Cucina Valentina culinary adventures across Europe, she specialises in bespoke gastronomic culinary experiences and cookery courses providing her wealth of knowledge of both food and wine.

This includes truffle hunting, visits to local olive oil and food producers and wine tastings. She is an extraordinary individual providing personal anecdotes about her family life in Italy which i...

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