Chef Gina Stipo is an Italian-American whose enthusiasm for the cuisine and wines of Tuscany inspired her to make Siena the base from which to pursue her culinary passions. As both the author of two regional cookbooks and an aficionado of Siena’s historic Palio horse race, Gina offers an insider’s entree to the traditions, personality and culture of the region. Her cooking classes in Tuscany are taught in English and are accompanied by the history and anecdotes of the Siena area.
Growing up in an Italian family, Gina had “full immersion training” in Italian food and culture from a very early age. Classically trained in the culinary arts at ICE in New York City, Gina worked in New York City, Atlanta and Kansas City before training in Italy and eventually settling in Tuscany.
The Italians revel in the joy and community that good food fosters. Gina loves living and working in Tuscany because the people and culture are so closely connected to the foods they eat and the wines they drink. “We use the freshest of ingredients to prepare classic Tuscan dishes that are easy to master and delicious to eat. The pairing of our daily menus with local wines makes for an unforgettable dining experience!”
Gina demystifies cooking for her students. She says, “Armed with a little knowledge and great fresh ingredients, anyone can excel in the kitchen!”
Mary Potter, Gina’s sister, joined Ecco La Cucina in 2004 and coordinates the culinary tours. Based in Dallas, Texas, Mary can answer your questions about the culinary week or cooking classes in Italy. Consult with her on your plans to travel to Tuscany or Italy in general as she can suggest airports, timing and accommodations.
Together Gina and Mary work to help make your culinary vacation a dream come true!
Italy, Phone: 039 338 7745487
Mary Stipo Potter
United States, Phone: 972-342-8308