Our team

Many people tell us how lucky we are to do what we do! And we do feel very lucky: we are a team of friends and family members who enjoy working together and love welcoming people to our little corner of Tuscany. It’s a privilege to share the amazing places we know, and of course to sit down with new friends and enjoy the great food we prepare together and the wines from the vineyards that we visit.

Shilpa

Shilpa

Your host

Many years ago, Shilpa fell in love with Tuscany‘s great ingredients and tasty yet simple dishes. She and her team will open the doors to the beautiful organic farms in the area for you and to many of the area’s culinary secrets. As a teenager, she learned to cook at a family-run gourmet Italian restaurant in England. After obtaining a degree in French and Italian from the University of Cambridge, and living in both Florence and Rome, she moved to Barcelona, Spain, where she worked as a chef at Sesamo, an Italian-owned vegetarian organic restaurant; she then set up her own successful restaurant, Mosquito, which she later sold. Shilpa and her family now live between Spain and Italy. They are members of the Slow Food association.

Cristina

Cristina

Wine and oil expert

Cristina is originally from Rome and has a background in journalism. Now transplanted in the Tuscan countryside, she has become a certified sommelier and olive oil expert, and will open up the world of Tuscan wines and extra virgin olive oils for you, from the basics to the complexities. People always comment on her warm manner and uncomplicated, open approach to a subject that can sometimes be mystifying and stuffy. She will give you plenty of pointers to help you to use all your senses when you taste wines and extra virgin olive oils.

Elisabetta

Elisabetta

Your guide to Florence

Elisabetta is a native Florentine with a British mother.
Her father’s work in the UN took her all over the globe as a child, but she came back to Florence when she was 18. She studied at the Università di Firenze and became well versed in literature and art history. She has now lived in Florence for over 25 years and loves showing visitors the hidden corners of the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Riccardo

Riccardo

Your host

Riccardo was born in Florence and grew up there. He studied graphic design and history of art at the Istituto d’Arte and at the University of Florence. He works in graphic design, a job which over the years has taken him to live and work in several cities: New York, Rome, Barcelona and Florence. He designs and maintains the Organic Tuscany website and recipe blog and helps run some of the organic cookery courses. He has always been an enthusiastic cook and is passionate about quality ingredients and Tuscan food and wines.

Manuela

Manuela

Our chef

Manuela is a Tuscan mother of two college-aged girls, and lives in the heart of the Chianti. She will teach you dozens of her unbeatable dishes, including melt-in-the-mouth sformati (vegetable flan-like souffles), aubergine croquettes (to die for!), and her amazing Torta della Nonna, a warm custard and pine-nut pie. There is not much Manuela does not know about local cuisine, and you’ll have the chance to ask her plenty of questions!

Clara

Clara

Your local guide

Clara is originally from Milan but embraced Tuscany as her adopted home over twenty years ago. She lives in the hills near the villa with her partner Terry, an accomplished British ceramicist. She knows the area like the back of her hand, and loves guiding guests around the local countryside and farms, explaining some history, pointing out the interesting flora and fauna and some eccentric neighbours too!

Anja

Anja

Cooking instructor

Anja is originally Dutch but has been living in Italy for 25 years. She came as an art history student but soon fell in love with the lifestyle and never left. She loves cooking and the importance that is given to food culture in Italy: "Italian cooking is very honest: it works with only a few ingredients but those ingredients have to be fresh and top quality. Fresh herbs are always used; these transform flavours and make it easy to whip up a quick, delicious dinner to enjoy with friends".

Chiara

Chiara

Your guide to Siena

Chiara is a very proud native of her beloved Siena and has a degree in foreign languages and literature. She adores talking about her city, and always infects those listening to her with her enthusiasm for it. She loves to make visitors to her city laugh, to make them curious about the things that they see with her and to hear that irrepressible "ooooh" when they see Piazza del Campo for the first time. She says "I love my city and I love people. What better job than to be a guide?"

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If you’d like to speak to us, you can call our UK or US numbers (we answer them from here in Italy!)
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