Coming Very Soon…Chef Barbara’s New Kitchen for a Florence Cooking Class
I recently had the opportunity to meet and visit with Chef Barbara, one of our most popular chefs in not only Florence but also all of Italy. I was excited not only to meet Barbara who I had heard such wonderful things about, but, I was extra enthusiastic to see Barbara’s new kitchen! Barbara picked me up from the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station, and we drove together to her new kitchen.
Barbara’s English is perfect. It’s hard to believe that she isn’t a native speaker! I felt immediately comfortable with Barbara, speaking about life and her passion for food and cooking. I can understand why our clients have enjoyed her Florence cooking classes so much.
Barbara’s new kitchen is located in a bustling part of Florence. Outside there is quite an urban feel while inside its extremely cozy and comfortable. The kitchen is quite spacious with two counters… one has several stovetops set up for the cooking while the other will be used to make pastries and desserts.
Although Barbara’s kitchen was not yet completed when I visited, she had prepared a home-cooked meal and brought it to her kitchen to heat up. I was able to experience some of the dishes that Barbara will make in her new kitchen with our clients. First, Barbara served delicious lasagna. The amazing blend of cheeses literally melted in my mouth. Equally as good was the apple and pecan salad with special mustard vinaigrette dressing that Barbara prepared. Lastly, but of course not least, Barbara served me a chocolate soufflé that she had prepared from scratch. It was served with gelato and was a perfect ending to a great meal. All of this was paired with a great white wine and equally great conversation.
After experiencing an afternoon with Barbara, I can understand why she is so popular with our clients. She offers a great combination of personality and amazing cooking. Look for Barbara’s new kitchen to open shortly and come and try a cooking class with her. Or, for a more country experience, visit her country home outside of Florence after your market visit, which is currently available.
By Kerry Herbst