Katia's cuisine is, above all, a journey through the development of a family's passion for food over more than four generations.
Katia was born in the South-East of Sicily, in Modica, and grew up just 20 minutes away - in Ispica. After having lived for several years in the UK, working as a university researcher in ethnic relations, in 2004 she decided to return to Sicily and follow her passion for food making her dream come true: restoring her grandparents house and starting her own cookery school.
Katia's cuisine is a journey in the history of Sicilian traditional recipes, using the wealth of quality ingredients the island has to offer and applying them to both traditional and contemporary Sicilian gastronomy. But, above all, is a journey through the development of a family's passion over more than four generations.
She is not a trained chef, but food has simply always been a central element in her family. It was always about quality, taste and conviviality.
Her grandfather, Maresciallo Giovanni, used to go to the market every morning, choose the ingredients he fancied, then send the shopping home, where grandma Elvira and her two unmarried sisters, Maria and Esterina, looked forward to discovering what they would have to cook for the day. Few hours later, the entire neighbourhood was having a taste of whatever had been prepared for lunch. Food was (and still is) all about the joy of sharing.
Her grandmother did not cook just traditional Sicilian recipes, she loved experimenting with other regional or international recipes and passed on to her daughters and granddaughters her passion for cooking, her love for traditional Sicilian recipes and her curiosity for new ingredients and tastes. Her grandmother's old notebooks are an incredible source of recipes and ideas to which Katia often refers to during her lessons.
So is the time spent in the kitchen or exchanging food notes with her mother Carla, aunt Liliana and aunt Ninetta and her cousins Anna and Mariella while the other members of the family enjoy the role of food critics. Another source of inspiration are her father Titta's wonderful childhood memories and his impressive collection of books about Sicily, her Sicilian language expert cousin Elvira and acclaimed Sicilian poet uncle Meno, all of whom never stop providing Katia with their insights in the history of Sicilian popular culture.
Katia runs the classes in English, teaching some classic Sicilian recipes, her family's specialties and some of her own creations based on research and love for local quality ingredients. Enjoying Sicilian food and each other company in the kitchen, is the main aim of her lessons, which are accessible to everyone.
Katia on Rhodes Across Italy
When the renowned British chef Gary Rhodes decided to film a series on Italy he turned to Katia for a tour of Modica and an authentic Modica Recipe.
Katia on Voglio Vivere Così
The episode of TV show Voglio Vivere Così about Katia's decision to come back to Sicily and start her cooking school, loveSicily.