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 kitchen at her country home! Barbara picked me up from the Florence Santa Maria Novella train station, and we drove together to her 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 her home just outside of Florence, which gives you the perfect opportunity to experience the real Tuscany! Barbara will first take you to the fabulous local market in Florence before driving you to her home, where you will participate in your authentic, hands-on cooking class.
When I visited, Barbara had prepared a home-cooked meal for me. I was able to experience some of the dishes that Barbara will make 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. Come and try a cooking class with her!
By Kerry Herbst
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Originally published October 22, 2013.