Ask a Chef: Italian Cooking with Gabriella Ganugi

Maritozzo, a sweet, yeasted roll filled with fresh whipped cream.

 

An authority on the rich history of Tuscan cuisine, Gabriella Ganugi is no stranger to sharing her knowledge of Italian fare with Beard House guests. After all, she has been making an annual sojourn to Mr. Beard’s storied New York townhouse for over a decade. Later this month, Ganugi returns, along with a talented team from Florence's Apicius International School of Hospitality for an autumnal ode to Tuscan flavors, highlighting the incredible quality of the region’s salumi, olive oil, produce, and other singular ingredients. In anticipation of perennially popular homage to her culinary heritage, we chatted with la regina della cucina italiana (or, the queen of Italian cooking) to find out which dish she’s most excited to share with guests, her ultimate guilty-pleasure food, and the best spot to eat like a local when in Florence, Italy.

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JBF on the Air: Gabriella Ganugi

Gabriella Ganugi on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On this week's Italy-themed episode of Taste Matters, Mitchell Davis was joined by chef and educator Gabriella Ganugi, founder of the Palazzi Florence Association for International Education. With academic programs in culinary arts, food science management, interactive digital media, and more, students gain an intimate knowledge of Italian culture through field trips and first-hand experiences with traditional Italian cuisine. Gabriella and Mitchell discuss the differences between Italian and American culture, as well as how her school's unique curriculum teaches students about the history of food through the lens of Italian cuisine. Gabriella also holds a doctorate in architecture and has lectured extensively at hospitality schools around the world. Listen below to learn to more:

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Eye Candy: Beard House

dessert garnish At Friday's Beard House dinner, chefs from the Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence prepared a dessert course of miniature ricotta tarts along with these sculptural garnishes: a nest of spun sugar cradling berries and poppy seed–studded gelées. See more images from the event here. (Photo by Philip Gross)

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