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Curiosity and passion are the key of my kitchen values,
My name is Valentina De Palma, and I am a mum-of-three executive chef, based in Taranto, Puglia, Southern Italy. I have my own catering company, Gustodivino, and I often work as a consultant for entrepreneurs that want to start a ho.re.ca. business from ground zero. My life has changed, since I met the kitchen passion.
Before that, in fact, I was an architect. I graduated from Florence's university in the early 90s, then moved back to my hometown, Taranto. I worked all over Italy, focusing mainly on indoor design. But I knew I was made for something different, something that has a direct, instant impact on one's life; something that can suddenly show you the immediate result of your efforts.
Now, I am an executive chef capable of managing à-la-carte restaurants with over 200 seating tables available; I can organize caterings for 300 attendees in absurd locations, like museums and castles that do not even have a sink or an oven. I worked my way through the kitchen world, but as I previously said, my architectural background makes me feel more comfortable when I can dedicate the utmost attention to any single decoration of a main course; or to the research of the best, freshest ingredients for a seasonal soup. I am obsessive towards the details, the geometry of a plating. It is something that you can really take care of only when you work on relatively small-numbered jobs.
For me, cooking is...
Be happier then ever !
I learned to cook at...
Igles Corelli michelin star chef Jamie Oliver I did several high-quality cooking classes.
A role model in the kitchen is...
the chef Dominique Crenn
A cooking secret...
Be a multicultural chef, mixing ingredients form all the countries with my italian tradition and dishes
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Taranto.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Taranto. You name it!
A longer stay in Taranto? I'm available for holidays, on a daily basis, and so forth. Just let me know!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Taranto.
Valentina's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Valentina's reviews
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