Cooking in Italy? Me? Oh yes – that’s what I’ve been doing! Preparing delicious food in Umbria, Italy! – for a group of talented artists.
If anyone had said to me when I made the big decision to leave teaching ten years ago “don’t worry, one day you’ll be doing a job you REALLY love and you’ll be your own boss” I’d have thought they were mad! If they’d also said “what’s more, that job will have the possibilities to go global” I’d have laughed at them – “yeah right!”
But that’s exactly what has happened! My chutney business evolved into a full blown party catering business and I’ve just done my first assignment abroad – in Umbria, Italy.
For one week, I was providing the meals for fifteen people at an Art Masterclass in a huge 18th century farmhouse in the Umbrian hills www.arteumbria.com.
It involved sourcing local ingredients to create interesting lunches and dinners with an Italian spin. Inevitably there were a few special dietary requirements to take into account but that was relatively easy.
It was a great opportunity and I learned a lot. The pace was quite different to the way in which I normally work. I usually have plenty of time to plan, make lists and prepare for my events in great detail. On this occasion it was a case of just getting stuck in with all the planning and recipes floating around in my head! I surprised myself with how well it went and has made me realise how far I’ve come since I started professional catering!
An added bonus was the opportunity to socialise with the guests – a lovely bunch of ladies whose artistic talents were awesome. The weather could have been kinder to us but it was a week filled with laughter and good memories.
My love affair with Italy has begun……..!