Valentina was born in Bari, Italy to a family of artists, designers
and food connoisseurs. Growing up, Valentina was only allowed to watch
the cooking happening around her, but not practice it! She wanted to
imitate the adults, but did not get the opportunity until she moved away
and started to cook for herself out of necessity. Then, as if by
miracle, it was as if all those years watching, eating and tasting
translated to doing. She recalled the perfection how every dish was
supposed to look and taste. Watching her family and eating good food
every day, gave her the expertise of a professional chef.
living in America, Valentina teaches cooking from her Region of Puglia,
spreading lightheartedness and joy, while passing her notions of good
life and health through good eating. In her words:
"Puglia's food will keep you young longer than you want to".