Karen's favorite culinary vacations: A Classic Tuscan Table with Chef Claudio
In this series of blog posts, owner Karen Herbst reminisces about her favorite culinary vacations and some of her memories associated with them! To start, Karen looks back at the beginning of the The International Kitchen and a program that continues to be a top-seller — and favorite of our clients — even today.
One of my first partnerships when I began The International Kitchen in 1994 was with Chef Claudio. At that time, he didn't speak a word of English and had never ventured outside of his hometown of Figline Valdarno (population approx. 17,000).
But I knew I had found a great chef! In the years we have worked and grown together, Claudio has not only learned English, but has ventured into the world far and wide. He has been to the U.S. numerous times and has competed in many international competitions in Europe. No longer a provincial cook, he is a recognized chef with many credentials.
However, the best part of this story is that he's still the wonderful, endearing, and incredibly generous man that I met in 1994. To be with him at his property — where he lives alongside his sister and parents — with his two incredible vegetable and fruit gardens, his vineyards, and his olive groves, it's a Tuscan dream come true! To call this a cooking week is an injustice.
Of course, you will cook — over 70 recipes in one week — but you will also have the most authentic cultural experience possible in a short time. Not only will you leave with recipes, but memories and relationships that enrich and fulfill the soul!
Read more about this culinary vacation here: A Classic Tuscan Table With Chef Claudio.