about me

Born in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, I grew up with a great appetite for and appreciation for authentic Italian food which was passed down through my family. For as long as I can remember, excellent home cooked meals (all sourced from local producers of course) provided me with nourishment for both the body and soul. After working in Milan in computer technology, I decided it was time to get back into the kitchen for some of that nourishment that the corporate world was not providing me.  In 2012 I founded my own cooking school in Milan called Foodies’ Place. Run out of my home, the goal was to teach tourists from all over how to cook authentic Italian food, to pass on to them the secrets of how to cook traditional Italian food. Foodies’ Place evolved to become a well-known local cooking school where people learned how to cook traditional Italian meals using  everyday kitchen utensils and appliances that they would have in their own homes. From 2014 until 2015 I was a chef and consultant at a restaurant called Cuocona located in Milan where I assisted the owner in many tasks such as updating the menus and organizing the kitchen. Additionally in 2014 I worked as a freelance chef for a well known italian TV personality. I cooked a meal for over 200 people with limited kitchen space and used only seasonal ingredients and managed to pull it off. In 2015 and 2016 I again worked as a freelance chef and had to prepare historical meals for large amounts of people and learn and prepare them in their traditional ways. 

In 2017 I was sponsored by Nella Cucina to move to Toronto to work as their cooking school manager and as a corporate chef. Duties included organizing and running cooking classes for both corporate and private clients, menu development, budgeting and recipe planning. The vast array of clients meant I was constantly dealing with unique challenges. One day I could be cooking for business executives or other chefs, while the next day it could be teaching people with eating disorders or allergies how to cook healthy meals and the importance of nutrition. 

These jobs and experiences have enabled me to grow both as a teacher and as a chef.  I am now fortunate to be in the position of being able to combine all of my attributes to offer a variety of services that allow me to get back to doing what I love most, which is teaching, developing recipes and cooking for people. 

What can I do for you? 

As Personal Chef I will:

- Run a  cooking class or a special event in the comfort of your home

- Release the stress of cooking weekly meals for the family by coming to you once a week

- Develop recipes and article writing

My food 


Is always balanced, using where possible local and seasonal ingredients. I strive to reduce your and my waste to the bare minimum.  I constantly research new techniques and flavours: to have more to offer to my customers and because it is a lot of fun for me! 


Food consumption and food preparation is a recurring activity in our lives and is something that accumulates mass amounts of waste and can have detrimental effects on the environment and our health . My overall mission is to reduce our ecological footprint with regards to food preparation in efforts to achieve a healthier diet and a more eco friendly planet. I make strong efforts to reduce the amount of waste that is produced through the preparation of meals in the home, a key part of this is avoiding the use of plastic. I predominantly use recyclable materials when working in the kitchen and if plastic is required I make sure that it is BPA free and reusable. 

By hiring me as your personal chef you will obtain a healthier and more eco friendly diet through the reduced consumption of packaged and processed foods. 

Ciao e Buon Appetito!



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Valentina Giorcelli

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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I know you're busy, but let's take some time to talk about what you'd like to be eating. Everyone's dietary needs and styles are unique. Drop me a line, and we can figure out what sort of a meal plan works for your goals and lifestyle!