Lynette has been traveling to Italy for the past 16 years and delights in helping guests discover and enjoy the rich and historic Italian culture, which naturally revolves around food and wine! She has many wonderful friends in Italy – from chefs and winemakers to drivers and guides –who make our visits to Italy warm, enriching and unforgettable. She speaks Italian, loves to cook and pair food with wines, and has enjoyed a lifelong passion for travel. Lynette lives in Boise, Idaho.
Chef Gianluca Pardini will be our teaching chef at his school and villa just outside the walls of picturesque Lucca. He is a former restaurant owner and native of Lucca. Since 1998 Gianluca has dedicated himself to teaching the art of Italian cooking not only in his own International Academy of Italian Cuisine (in Siena, then in Lucca), but also as visiting chef in major cities throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. In 2004, the Italian Cooking Federation awarded him Master of Cooking and Executive Chef, one of only three in Tuscany to be so honored. It's a true cultural – and entertaining – experience to be in the kitchen with Gianluca!
Giulietta was born and raised in Florence and is well known in Chianti for her cooking and hospitality. She is delighted to share her many recipes and techniques for preparing a variety of Tuscan meals. Learn the secrets of the Tuscan kitchen in a real one! Hers is well suited for teaching and hands-on participation. Giulietta has been teaching cooking lessons and hosting guests in her beautifully restored 800-year old country house for many years. She loves sharing her kitchen and Italian culture and will charm everyone with her pleasant nature and big family table.
La Viareggina, Viareggio, Tuscany
B&B Art, San Casciano, Tuscany
La Fenice, B&B Positano, Amalfi Coast
Hotel Lancelot, Rome
Hotel Atlante Garden, Rome
Savini Tartufi, Tuscany
Alma Civita, Orvieto
Azienda Montefiorale winery, Chianti
Pasta al Pesto cooking lessons, Chianti