A dynamic and enthusiastic teacher. Though she loves Tuscan cooking, Cristina is open to the novelties of the cooking world. As she likes to keep up with the latest trends on the cooking front, Cristina is a keen follower of the culinary arts and innovative techniques.
What is more, Cristina is the one and only expert in pastry arts and in the visual aspects of food presentation (decoration and the use of special food plating utensils) A perfect teacher seeking new culinary challenges and experiences.
A Florentine through and through. Though incredibly fond of fine Italian cuisine for its taste more than its visual presentation, Gabriella is extremely curious and interested in the historical, cultural and traditional aspects of gastronomy.
She is specialized in traditional dishes, and meat, pasta and bread making are her main areas of culinary expertise. She is able to convey her passion for the history of cooking, for eating well, and also for the scientific aspect of food. She is responsible for the cooking programmes for foreigners. A perfect teacher, passionate about her work, and always supportive of her students.
Emilia Onesti was born in Novara in 1966. At the age of two she moved to Florence with her parents - her father, who was from Novara but with parents from Emilia Romagna, and her mother, who was from Florence but with parents from Mantova. After years of helping her maternal grandmother in the preparation of homemade pasta, her passion for cooking became evident in 1983, with the first edition of the magazine Grand Gourmet.
The study of cooking remained Emelia's second priority during her classical high school education and her studies in Architecture, and during this period she used her culinary skills to prepare meals and parties for private clients. After graduating in Architecture in1992, her culinary interests led her to manage the restaurant of a tennis club on the outskirts of Florence. She worked there for two summer seasons (1993 and 1994) together with Fabio Onesti (her brother, and sommelier), Livia Braini and, later, Cristina Castelli. Her interests turned mainly to Middle Eastern cuisine, a passion born in the 1990s with her first of three trips to Turkey.
For Emilia, every Middle Eastern holiday was simply an opportunity to study the region's gastronomy - from Maghreb to Egypt and Syria. During her stay in Paris in 1996, Emilia had the opportunity to study French and International cuisine. Since 1997, she has been collaborating with Cristina Blasi and Gabriella Mari at their Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu Florence, initially as a secretary and later as a teaching assistant. Several new courses were created from this collaboration: Cucina del Mediterraneo (1998), Aperitivo e Antipasti (2000) and Primi Piatti Regionali (2001). Together with Cristina and Gabriella, Emilia has also worked on the publication of the books "Enciclopedia della cucina mediterranea" (Mondadori, Milano 2004), "La pasta fatta in casa" (BrioLibri, Firenze 2004) and "Pasta Italia" (McRae Books, Firenze 2005).
Her cooking studies have expanded into other areas, such as the research of new techniques for the enrichment of gastronomic traditions in Italy and other countries. Her studies have been enhanced thanks to her unending passion for cookbooks which she has been collecting over the years from every corner of the world. Alongside her collaboration with Cristina and Gabriella, she has published the book Gelato (BrioLibri, Firenze 2007) together with Carla Bardi, and is working as home economist for a book on Italian cuisine (to be her next publication). In addition, together with Luigi Corbacella, Emelia has been managing a website about cooking since 2007.
Palmiro Bruschi was born in Sansepolcro on August 31 1967 and is married with three children. He and his wife, Pina, are fully qualified in this sector of the catering business and ensure that the ice cream products are made with both skill and quality.
Since the beginning, Palmiro Bruschi has been an assistant to the ice cream Grand Masters in "Arte Dolce" in Rimini and "C.a.s.t. alimenti" in Brescia Professional Center, where he obtained his Diploma of Merit. In February 1994 he achieved the title of No.1 Italian Champion Ice Cream Maker and in March 1997 he became a Member of the Italian Ice Cream Academy. Furthermore, he has contributed to the opening of numerous ice-cream parlours not only in Italy but also abroad and is a qualified teacher for the production of homemade ice cream.
He has also appeared on many Italian T.V. programmes: Uno Mattina, Linea Verde, Festa di Classe, Gelato al Limone, La Vecchia Fattoria, Trenta Ore per la Vita, l'Italia in Diretta, Cucinone, La prova del Cuoco and on Gambero Rosso and Alice... Articles have been written about him and his expertise in: Gambero Rosso, Topolino, Il Sole 24 Ore, Auto d'Epoca, Sale e Pepe, Buon Appetito, Gelato Artigianale, Pasticceria Internazionale, Madia, Gola, Dolce e Salato etc.. Italy Daily (International Herald Tribune) and so on. With his well-known "CARRETTINO" he has taken part in a variety of important events "Giro d'Italia", the "Mille Miglia", the "Transalpinica", the "Salone del Gusto" in Turin, the "Rally of Bianchine", Eurochocolate in Perugia in Rimini, in Switzerland and in the Opening of the Gateway of the Republic of San Marino, etc..
He also worked on the "Costa Classica" Cruises. A very important moment for Palmiro Bruschi was the invitation to take part in the Renaissance Banquet, as representative of the Art of Italian Ice Cream, at the Festival "Italy in Japan 2001" held in the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, with the presence of members of the Japanese Imperial family. Since then he has assisted in "BELLA ITALIA" exhibitions in Melbourne, Nice, Hong Kong and Dubai. In 2010 he begins a cooperation with industrie IFi in the project "AFFRESCO" and with "BREAK AND GO".
Francesco Beatini was born in Florence on April 29 1974. His first experiences were not in the culinary field, as he studied at the Istituto d'Arte di Firenze, to become a graphic designer, which was then followed by a degree in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. However, at the age of 16 only, he began to work in restaurant kitchens in Florence.
His professional career flourished because of his sincere passion for the traditional gastronomy of Tuscany, and in 2000 he began his employment at Autogrill as head of restaurants, developer of operations, and consultant for regional purchasing. In 2003, he opened his own restaurant in the center of Bologna, and started a collaboration with Coop Adriatica as a cooking teacher and consultant. In 2006, he moved into the hotel sector, organizing the restaurant services for the Holiday Inn of San Lazzaro di Savena.
Since 2008 he has been the chef of the restaurant "La Dondina" in Budrio. He also collaborates with various cantine in the Bologna and Trevigiano regions, does catering in the Bologna area and has an internet site called "Il giorno del cibo" on which he shares his expertise about the cuisine of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. For several years, he has been concentrating on teaching at cooking schools in the Emilia Romagna region, at professional culinary institutes as well as at private cooking schools.
During this time he has also been a consultant for food companies such as Surgital and Barilla, and has continued his research and activity as a chef at the restaurant "Baia di Maui" in Comacchio. He has always focused his artistic interests on the study of culinary tradition. His research has led him to the creation of new dishes and the re-invention of old ones - always playing creatively with the pairing of various tastes, flavours and colours.
Was born in Avigliano in 1971
I have been working in Pastry making for more than 20 years
Marco Stabile, born in 1973 in Pontedera, Tuscany, has quickly risen to prominence in Italy.
He developed his skills of subtle invention whilst working in, and contributing to, some of Italy's finest kitchens, including the famed "Baghino" in Prato, "Il Salotto del Chianti", the Antinori-owned "Osteria di Passignano", the Beringer Blass-managed "Cavaliere del Castello di Gabbiano", "Il Paese dei Campanelli" and "Il Chiasso dei Portici" to name a few.
His final stepping stone before opening Ora d'Aria, where he is both resident head chef and co-owner, remains his work at "Arnolfo" in Colle Val d'Elsa (Michelin **) as the right hand man to the incomparable Gaetano Trovato.
Marco is an occasional and warmly welcomed teacher at some of the Italy's most celebrated culinary schools, such as those in Jesi, Montecatini Terme and "Academia del Gusto" in Arezzo. He also remains a committed supporter of, and collaborates with, the prestigious group "Les Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe".
The talented work of chef Stabile over these last few years in Florence has not gone unnoticed abroad either: the last accolade being his prestigious and very recent appointment by a group of Italian investors/entrepreneurs as the sole non-resident Executive Chef of "Toscana Divino"; a very ambitious and innovative, new "restaurant-cum-fashion showroom" concept (all under one roof) in Miami- hopefully, the first in a series - to promote the Italian lifestyle in general and, more in particular, the "excellence" of Tuscany in and across the United States in years to come.
I am a chef and since 2001 I've been working in the restaurant sector. I finished my studies at the hotel management school in Florence IPSAR Buontalenti in 2005. While I was at school I did an internship in the restaurant Tenda Rossa, a 2 ** Michelin star restaurant (November 2002 until April 2003), and another one in the Spring of 2004 at the Golf Club Ugolino.
After the Diploma I worked at Osteria di Passignano, where I gained a great deal of experience. After I decided to increase my experience in various International businesses around the world. My passion for cooking is based on making the guests happy, and making simple but good food where all my passion and professionalism is visible.
My style of cooking is based on the history of the area where I was born and on the Italian fine tasting of food. I am able to adjust to the needs of the structure and the indications of the direction and I do everything the chef and the general manager want for their restaurant, and I'm always ready to bring my experience and my ideas, if required, to increase the business and the quality of the food.
He was born in Florence on April 1st 1978
He graduated in Chemistry at Università degli studi of Florence. He has worked in the glass-ceramic industry, in the water technology and in the food chemistry.
He has got the diploma for Basic General Cooking and Advanced International Cooking at Scuola di Arte Culinaria Cordon Bleu of Florence. He teaches Scientific cooking and food Chemistry.
He is a teacher of the OpenLab project at Università degli studi of Florence.
Silvia is a biologist and specialist in food safety and nutrition.
High School Diploma (scientific studies) AUDITOR IN AGRI-FOOD QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS December 2004 Ecoutility Company A two-year master course in Clinical and Applied Nutrition. Specialization in Nutrition. Syntonie Firenze 2011 HACCP expert and quality specialist in food-related establishments (2002-Present) HACCP consultancy in food-related private enterprises (small-scale artisanal and industrial enterprises) 2002-Present Collaboration with Centro Servizi Tecnici Soluzione S.r.l. of Florence in assessing work health and safety risks (Decree Law 81/08 in different sector companies;
Biology consultancy especially for implementing food safety programmes (HACCP plan) 2002-2009 Collaboration with Confesercenti Versilia in assessing work health and safety risks, and consultancy work especially for implementing food safety programmes (HACCP plan)2002-2008 Collaboration with CNA Pistoia for food safety programmes (HACCP plan) 2006-Present Silvia Martinez is a member of the National Registry of Certified Biologists n° 053195 sez. A Participation at conferences and seminars on HACCP and quality control. Eco audit (1999-Present)
Marco Ottaviano, born in 1951 in Rome where he graduated in Bilogical Sciences and where he works as a researcher at the National Institute of Health. Following a lot of experience in multinational companies in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment fields. In 1994 he arrived in Florence named in the SMA (Segnalamento Marittimo Aereo). After this experience with other partners founded a company for the production and marketing of high-tech equipment for the rehabilitation sector. But the old passion for gelato, which began as a child when it comes into contact with the grandfather bar gelateria, can no longer wait. After two years devoted to the study of modern production of artisanal gelato, open, with his wife Cinzia, an gelato shop in the historic center of Florence "Il Gelato Gourmet ". Passion and obsessive search of ingredients are the strength of its activities in a short time is appreciated as one of the best gelato shops in Florence. Today is the first ice cream shop in Florence in the ranking of Tripadvisor, and is inserted from the blog Dissapore among the 100 best artisanal gelato stores in Italy. Marco Ottaviano is often quoted in international blogs for its quality.
Since 2017 he has moved his business to Borgo San Lorenzo in the Mugello hills near the producers of milk, dairy and fruit with the desire to use Mugello excellence for ice cream.
Historical Chef of the wine restaurant “Pane e Vino” from 1980 to 2015. She teaches courses on leftover cuisine. She has taken part in two projects one in the province of Pistoia and the other for Regione Toscana as a teacher in "Parole di Salute" (Health Words). She held cooking classes for equal opportunities. She did a workshop in Dusseldorf for the presentation of Tuscan cuisine. She also had various collaborations as food designer with “Bottega Cinema”.
She did a course of pastry with Loretta Fanella, confectioner of the Adrià and the Enoteca Pinchiorri (both 3 Michelin stars).
She won the first international prize MADONNA FIORENTINA relative to the project “Mangiare Donna” (Woman as a cook) award promoted by the Province of Florence. In 2012 she prepares a “Cena Galeotta” (Jailer Dinners) in the prison of Volterra, for the project “Il cuore si scioglie” (The heart melts”). In the event “Hats and Stove”, she has fulfilled her dream of combining her profession with her great passion of making hats. She had a weekly collaboration with the newspaper “Il nuovo Corriere Fiorentino” for the publication "Edible culture" which is currently in digital version.
She has published two books on Amazon: “The Book of sweets” and “Petronilla’s lid: in and beyond leftovers recipies” She runs her cooking blog: “Alta Voracità” (High voracity), temporarily hosted on www.ristorantepaneevino.it and on the way of being transferred on www.altavoracita.it
The chef of innovation and Mediterranean food passion. He adds his own personal touch in all his food preparations in order to achieve menus where the simplicity of raw materials is combined with new food pairings thus creating tasty and well balanced dishes. He is specialized in pastry and ice cream making. He is also a member of Euro Toques Italia, and has taken part in several competitions. In 2016 he wins a bronze in dessert making and food service categories in the Italian Championships organized by FIC (ITALIAN CHEFS FEDERATION).
In 2014 he wins a bronze at the Internazionali d’Italia in Massa Carrara, a competition open to the best Italian and foreign chefs. He has been working as executive Chef at Florian Cafè since 2015, where he brings his creative cuisine in the refined restaurant located in Florian Contemporary Art Gallery. Faithful to tradition which influences his new and personal dishes with a special Mediterranean taste, he combines innovation and creativity with authentic flavours. “My cuisine is mainly Mediterranean” , says Chef Catizzone. “ I love combining the different flavours of one area and creating superb dishes. I also love experimenting with ingredient consistency combining, for example, crunchy and soft textures and creating a new sensation without altering the balance of the raw materials used”.
Born in Argenta in 1955, Igles Corelli has been the undisputable and Michelin multi-starred Maestro of Italian cuisine. Four are the Michelin stars that he has had so far achieved, which he has had tattooed on his right forearm. Corelli begins his cooking career in his family’s restaurant at the age of 19, after having finished his hotel management studies. After that he had a brief stint working as a chef on Italian cruise ships. In the 1980s Igles settles down in his hometown at a restaurant called Il Trigabolo, taking inspiration from great chefs like Nino Bergese, Valentino Marcattilii and Gualtiero Marchesi.
Il Trigabolo was ranked among the top three restaurants in Italy. Igles receives numerous awards amongst which 2 Michelin stars, 3 Gambero Rosso forks, and 4 “temples” from the Italian Academy of Cuisine. In 1996 Igles opens his first own restaurant, Locanda della Tamerice, nestled in the wetland nature reserve of Ostellato, northeast Italy. After 14 years, in 2010 Igles Corelli becomes chef of Atman restaurant in Lamporecchio, Pistoia.
Here he offers his personal cuisine, often described as "Garibaldina Cuisine" because it showcases the food excellence of all Italy, and his ongoing research for innovative elements and a passion for Italian culinary traditions is never ending. “I don’t believe in regional cooking o Km 0 because I beleve in a one and only Italy, one region which offers the best products. My dishes want to represent the best of the Italian culinary traditions. That’s why my cuisine is defined as garibaldina - my aim is to unite every part of Italy on the same dish”. During his long and brilliant career Igles has cooked for Clinton, Prince Ranier of Monaco, President Cossiga and for the Queen of Sweden. He is often invited to represent Italian Cuisine in the most prestigious International cooking events, and is now the Director for Città del Gusto cooking courses.
He is also the author of several cookbooks. He has also become a familiar face on TV screens, appearing on various programmes like Gambero Rosso Channel, and he is very much appreciated for his simplicity in describing even the most elaborate recipes. Many of his colleagues refer to him as the “Maestro” of Italian Cuisine.
Marco Romei was born in Florence in 1977
"Since I was a teenager, I've been attracted to the cooking world, and in time the various experiences have resulted in a specialization in fish and seafood".
My philosophy? T.P.T.= Tecnique, Passion, Tenacity.
Below is a list of his working career:
I've been working in the restaurant business for three decades, and I've explored culinary experiences in various parts of the world pushed by my curiosity to learn more.
Now I specialise in fish and work with an eye to the past, the present and the future. In my lessons, the students don't only learn about recipes and preparations, but they also experience a multitude of culinary sensations.