Marianna di Giansante
Marianna is an Italian food lover born and raised in Bologna, Italy. She moved to New York a couple of years ago with her two Russian Blue cats in order to live with Mark, the man she loves.
She developed her palate in Italy, learning how to cook with the best cooks she ever met (her mom Anna and her grandmothers nonna Marianna and nonna Bruna), but it was only in New York that she understood how big her passion for food is. There, she decided to pursue her childhood dream to study at a professional culinary school. Last year she graduated with honors from the Farm to Table Professional Culinary Arts program of the International Culinary Center in SoHo.
Currently, she works as a line cook at Del Posto, the one-Michelin-star Italian restaurant in the Meat Packing District. During her spare time she blogs on food and teaches recreational cooking classes privately and in collaboration with Little Fox Kitchen and the Italian company Italy Food Nest.
In her previous life, among other jobs, Marianna worked as the General Manager of the hotel Al Cappello Rosso, one of the oldest hotel in the world, and with a friend she reopened that hotel's historical Osteria (established in 1375 but closed a century ago), resurrecting its tradition of conviviality and local food.
"I love doing Italian cooking class. Food is my passion. When I cook I'm an artist involved in an artisanal creation. I'm a witch who casts a spell: food can kill, can make you fall in love, can take you back through memories. When I cook, I'm an actress who plays a piece, I'm a lover who shares his love.
Food is love, as my mum was used to say, she shared it with me, so I do the same. I love to share my love with others. Cooking and eating together is a heartwarming memory of my childhood. It's tradition in Italy eating with your family at lunch on Sunday in a sort of a reunion, and in the morning all the woman of the family from the youngest to the oldest prepare food together, speaking about their life, asking and giving advice, laughing, sharing experience and feeling in a love convivium.
My cooking classes recover this cheerful sociable spirit and the food is just an excuse to meet people, understand different life, learn unknown cultures. I'm so happy when my kitchen is enriches by a melting pot of ingredient and fellows".