With heritage like Valentina’s, it is no wonder she is such a well-respected authority on Italian food and food culture.

Tracing her family history back to 1369 through the illustrious Sforza dynasty, Valentina is the youngest member of a large Anglo-Italian family of gourmets. 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.

An award winning author of over 40 books on Italian food, Valentina is a well known celebrity chef and 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 a number of top cookery schools to include La Cucina Caldesi in Marylebone, The Billingsgate Cookery School in London, The School of Artisan Food on the Welbeck Estate. She is looking forward to working with The Rosemary Shrager Cookery School in Tunbridge Wells again when it re-launches in Spring 2020. More recently, Valentina has been invited to teach at The Denman Cookery School in Oxford and at the new state of-the-art Cookery School at The Grand Hotel, York where she has been hosting a variety of Italian courses.

As the proprietor, principal tutor and regulator at Cucina Valentina Ltd, Valentina organises culinary adventures across Europe, specialising in bespoke gastronomic culinary experiences and cookery classes. She is a regular face at food and drink festivals across the UK as producer and host of cookery theatres and food presentations. She is currently writing a monthly food column for the recently launched Platinum Magazine for woman over 55 and she is the Ambassador for delicious Magazine. More recently Valentina has been invited to host a Foodie Tour in Bologna, Florence and Lucca in association with Kirker Holidays and Harden’s Best Restaurant Guide. In between her busy schedule, Valentina also hosts her own bespoke cookery courses in 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.

Valentina was 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.


Her books cover food and wine, culinary customs and traditions from all the regions of Italy. Valentina's Foodoir, her long awaited book of family memoirs and recipes: Fiori di Zucca, was published by Duncan Baird Publishers in June 2013. This was followed by the publication of a revised edition of her famous book Risotto! Risotto! in 2017 with Absolute Press/Bloomsbury Publishing and was nominated for Best in the World in the International Gourmand Awards. Her latest book The Italian Regional Cookbook, published by Lorenz Books is the compilation of a previously published series of 5 books on regional Italian cookery. It is the culmination of 8 years research and work and provides an extensive introduction to the history and traditions of classic Italian cooking, the ingredients and how to prepare and use them.


Valentina maintains strong links with Italy in order to strengthen and maintain her own food philosophy and expertise of over more than 40 years as a self-styled ambassador for real, authentic Italian food and the extraordinary Italian producers that create the ingredients for her much loved recipes. She has a passion for the South of Italy and spends her summer holidays happily exploring the region of Calabria and all its culinary riches.