Lisa turned her passion for cooking into a real profession. The art of cooking is a talent that Lisa has refined through training experiences, the most prestigious certainly being the Scuola Etoile of Chioggia, where she mastered a global vision of both cooking and food presentation. Lisa loves to gather people around a table. When shopping, she chooses fresh, first quality products at farmer markets; then, through chopping, browning, and seasoning, her dishes gradually take shape, revealing her secret ingredients: passion and enthusiasm for her work and the utmost respect for her guests.
Self Taught (Italian)
Elaine was a former art historian, she then moved to Italy to learn about olive oil and Sicilian and Tuscan culinary traditions from her relatives, farmers, producers, home cooks, and chefs. Elaine lets the choice of fresh, local ingredients define a recipe and shape a meal because she believes thats the best way to achieve complex, complimentary flavors. Elaine designs culinary travel programs that allow culinary tradition to reveal the culture of the place, she is a writer, has an MA in art history, and is certified as an olive oil taster by the Regione Toscana.
Patrizia is the matriarch, the master of presentation of Baco. She is the impetus to all that is initiated there and her joy of entertaining is a way of life lived in nonchalance; it is her very essence. Her exquisite taste and her meticulous attention to detail permeates all she applies it to: interior designing, remodeling, and cooking. She is capable of organizing all social functions from weddings, hotel openings, private parties, and weekly workshops. Speaking 3 languages fluently, 30 years of running the residential vacations at Baco, her clientele have become dear friends from all over
Lorenzo is the wine and oil producer. His passion for wines started in his childhood years during the summer holidays at the familiy estate Fattoria Baco. He loved watching the farmers in their noisy tractors and longed to drive tractors one day in the vineyards. After studying agriculture, he started working at Fattoria Baco continuing the family tradition. He started using modern agronomic techniques which increased the already high quality of wines. He produces several varieties of oils which have been prized both Nationally and Internationally. Hes involved in a new production of organical
Elisa is the tour guide in Tuscany Cook. She obtained her master degree in renaissance art history at the University of Florence and her Ph.D. in history of art from the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. She is the author of numerous journal publications. In 2004, Elisa became a tour guide of Florence and its province, and later to Siena and Province. Since then, she has been enthusiastically accompanying foreign guests in their discovery of her native region, sharing the secrets of the most enchanting sites of Tuscany.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yin Yoga)
Naomi qualified as a yoga teacher in February 2016 after studying with Simon Low, completing her 200-hour qualifications in Yin and Yang yoga. She always has been interested on how a regular yoga and meditation practice could assist in the everyday life. She loves to see the progression of her students and she likes to learn from every class and workshop. She enjoys finding new ways to relate yoga principles to her life and how this can benefit her. She also teaches hot yoga and incorporates the romantic eastern philosophies including bandhas, mudras, and nadis into her classes.
Chef Giuseppe made each course of the complete dinner we cooked a delightful adventure. Everyone participated and learned about the foods as well as the ingredients. After finishing we all sat down under a beautiful tree to enjoy the fruits of our labor. The view was stunning and Francesca made sure we wanted for nothing. We had members of our group requiring gluten free and care was taken to provide for them. If you are anywhere in the area make this part of your time spent in Tuscany. A wine tour can also be arranged on the location.
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Food from heaven! Cheesy title, but what an amazing place! The cooking was so much fun, and we have never been so well looked after. Candlelit dinner for two under a beautiful horse chestnut tree awaited us on our arrival. When we didn't cook, the food prepared by Patrizia and Christina was an experience! The family is lovely, they even gave us a chance to practice our Italian.It wasn't just about the cooking, taught by a real expert and excellent teacher; we learned all about olive oil, the Bacio wine, local herbs, visited Siena and firenze with expert guides. When all the stress of relacing And eating become too much, we could doze by the pool gazing over the Vineyards. One of our best weeks ever. We shall be returning.
a traveler Italy
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I spent a cooking holiday last summer with some firends at Tuscany Cook. We attended their cooking classes and had a relaxing time in the Tuscan countryside. I love this place so much and their cooking classes: fun, simple, and delicious recipes that we eat in the beautiful garden under the big tree. Love it! I'll try to come back there very soon!
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