About Us

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The Story

This is the place for anyone who wants to learn to cook anything from the very basics to expanding their home cooking repertoire. I specialize in teaching simple, easily reproducible meals that are healthy, tasty and mostly quick to make! Many are family friendly and I throw some in that are definitely company friendly! Come join us!! I will teach you what you need to know to become a good home cook. Feed your family and feed them well. Italian style!

My goal is to share with you what I believe is an important life skill.(and share with you the passion that goes along with it!)

You see I also believe LIFE HAPPENS IN THE KITCHEN. All joys, sorrows, and big decisions in life happen in the kitchen or at table. Come learn about food and all that happens where food is made!

My mottos are these....

"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."

Ecclesiastes 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man has no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him in his labor all the days of his life, which God gives him under the sun.

Our Approach and Why We Do What We Do...

We teach easily reproducible recipes and methods that will keep you cooking for the future.  We aren't just here to demonstrate what we can do.  This is REAL LIFE.  We want to share what we were lucky enough to grow up with and then see YOU do it!

I believe that as a society we have lost the importance of family....oh and faith... and heritage!  We NEED to remember who we are!  America was founded by many cultures and really truly, our differences are our beauty!  We must realize that the beauty in our differences is also our similarity!  If we re-find our pride in our heritages we will see how we are all really alike.  Of course... what is the best way to learn a culture?  Through the FOOD!!!

(I can teach you the basics of home cooking... and of course the food of the Italian Culture... but I hope I also inspire you to research your own heritage and foods of your own culture if you aren't Italian like me!)

So, let's get cooking!!!

When you spend time in the kitchen together... that makes you a family!

You see... To Eat, Pray and Love... are not 3 separate things... Families who Eat together DO Pray together and Love each other!

Buon appetito!

Meet the Team

We LOVE what we do.  We cook, we eat, we drink and we LAUGH!

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Dorina Lantella Martirano

Chef &Founder 

Dorina was Made in Italy (hee hee) and born in Washington DC has been teaching people to cook since she was 19 in college!  Growing up in an Italian restaurant and being surrounded by Italian family, food was always at the center of everything in life!

So now her passion is still teaching others the importance of a good meal with family and friends--and not forgetting your Italian Heritage!

Chef Giuseppe and a beautiful Black Truffle from our mountain in Roseto

Giuseppe Demonte

Chef/Instructor --Italy

Giuseppe is a certified Chef/Instructor in Italy.  (and also part of Dorina's family!) .

He started out as a pastry chef and then continued on into the regular kitchen!  He is extremely serious and technical but also just so much fun in the kitchen!  We love making him laugh!

He teaches courses all over Italy and most recently in the UK.  He is dedicated to sharing the wonderful foods of our Puglia region.

Our last dinner... Salute!

YOU!

 

Our REASON for what we do!

 

Without those of you who just want to learn to cook... those of you who love the Italian way of life...and those who are of Rosetan ancestry or any part of Italian heritage.. we are here for you, and you for us!

Grazie... to all of you!!!

Next Steps...

Contact us now... even just to chat!  And of course we can answer all your questions about our classes in the US and in Italy!