Due to filming scheduling conflicts, Kate Humble has had to cancel her booking as our Annual Council Meeting speaker.
However, we are delighted to announce that the special guest speaker will be food writer and chef Valentina Harris.
You may have seen Valentina on such television programmes as Inside the Factory (BBC2), Masterchef (BBC1), Ready, Steady, Cook! (BBC1) and Food and Drink (BBC2).
An award winning author of over 40 books on Italian food, Valentina is also an experienced and enthusiastic teacher, sharing her food philosophy of seasonal local produce served with minimum fuss and maximum care. She continues to teach regularly at The Bertinet Kitchen in Bath, La Cucina Caldesi in Marylebone, The Billingsgate Cookery School in London, The School of Artisan Food on the Welbeck Estate, Divertimenti in Knightsbridge and The Rosemary Shrager Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells. More recently, Valentina has been invited to teach at the Denman Cookery School in Oxford and a new state of-the-art Cookery School at the Grand Hotel, York, where she will also host “Chef’s Table” evenings and various courses which she is very much looking forward to.
As the proprietor, principal tutor and regulator at Cucina Valentina Ltd, Valentina organizes culinary adventures across Europe, and is a regular face at food and drink festivals in the UK as producer and host of cookery theatres and food presentations. She is also the Ambassador for the Delicious Magazine Food Produce Awards and more recently she has been invited to host a Foodie tour in Italy in association with Kirker Cultural Holidays and Harden’s Best Restaurant Guide. In between her busy schedule, Valentina also hosts her own bespoke cookery courses, runs demonstrations at Food Festivals across the UK and undertakes special private catering commissions as well as hosting corporate events and panel discussions. You will also find her appearing on radio and television from time to time.
As one of the founders of the London chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, Valentina is committed to strengthening the position of professional women in the world of food, beverage and hospitality. As a result of her position as Chapter President, Valentina has access to hundreds of female culinary professionals in all fields, including cookery schools, retail, PR, media, productions etc. throughout the USA.
Educated in Italy, Valentina brought her qualifications for teaching and cooking from Rome to London in 1976, where she built her reputation primarily as a private chef until the publication of her first award-winning cookery book in 1984, Perfect Pasta.
We look forward to welcoming Valentina to the Regal Theatre on 16th October.