Meet the Chef Mama Isa at Mama Isa's Cooking School Venice Italy.
About our Cooking Classes in Italy
Mama Isa is a Chef, a Cooking Class Teacher, a historian, and a "sfoglina" a pasta specialist in Venice area Italy. She was born and grew up in Venice. She was educated at Ca' Foscari University in Venice (Italy) where she gained her B.A. with laude and a degree in History in 1989. For many years she worked as historian and researcher.
Her friends over the years have tried to convince Isa to open a cooking school for people coming to Italy.
So after two decades of working, Isa decided to open her homey cooking school for travelers, foodies, and Italian food lovers. She also is working pasta specialist (called sfoglina, this name identifies the woman makes homemade pasta without pasta machine). She is the only-one sfoglina in Venice area! With Mama Isa you can learn the art of making pasta in Italy.
She learned about traditional Italian dishes, cooking and pasta making from her grandma Elisa, and her ma Paola, who taught her a lot of secrets of the Italian Cuisine and Gastronomy. "Food is a living tradition"!
She is an accomplished home cook and a traditional food chef. Check our her Blog Mama Isa's Blog (one of the best blogs about the Italian Cooking)
Chef Isa: "Simplicity is the final achievement".
Being a cooking class teacher and a chef means working a lot!
She often revisits her family memories. For example, making fresh egg pasta! That's the key to success!
Her inspiration comes from family, history, and passion. That's all! “What I loved the most was helping my mother make potato gnocchi and shaped them with a traditional Parmigiano grater” says Isa “It was very hypnotizing to watch her make the potato gnocchi dough, cut them, and shape the gnocchi. Her movements were very precise that it looked like she was dancing, gnocchi dancing, simply incredible".
Isa's interests are on the history of food, on the traditional Italian Regional Cuisine, based on local and fresh products, farm to table. Chef Isa loves cooking with local cheeses, cereals, fresh vegetables, meat, fresh shellfish and fresh fish wild-caught. As historian, she believes that the traditional Italian Regional Cuisine is a manifestation of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Isa is determined to teach her guests basic cooking skills. She has the ability to teach guests and the ability to effectively demonstrate the science and the art of Italian Regional Cooking.
Mama Isa says: "My duty is to transmit to the next generation everything I have learned and experienced. Teaching a cooking class is a great way to share my culinary expertise, in the spirit of sharing and hospitality! It's important to me that my guests leave my cooking classes feeling satisfied on several different levels: sight, smell, taste.
I strive to wow and impress my guests at each opportunity. One of the greatest feelings for me is to see their expressions when they take a bite of what we have prepared during the cooking class".
She loves this famous quote: "This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!" - Julia Child. It's so true! She repeats this quote at her cooking classes, of course!!!!
Mama Isa' Assistant
Sometimes Mama Isa is aided by Stefano, her husband, a good wine expert and a talented assistant - sous chef.
He was born in Rome and spent many hours in his kitchen, watching his mother Antonietta (from Umbria region) and his grandmother Giuseppina (from Umbria region) prepare family dishes during his childhood. Stefano is an important assistant at Mama Isa's Cooking School..
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