Holiday Highlight - Private Tuscan Chef
Posted by Kiri (06/05/2016)
On our recent trip to Tuscany, we decided to treat ourselves to a private chef. You might assume that a private chef is really expensive, but the price is actually very reasonable when you consider everything you get.
For us, it was well worth the money, and it’s an experience that we will treasure for a long time. There’s no better place to enjoy a private chef than in Tuscany, where the food is such a big part of the lifestyle.
Hiring a private chef is perfect for a special occasion such as a wedding anniversary, a birthday party, or if you want to celebrate with friends. We just fancied a special treat, and wanted to get a better understanding of the local food. It’s definitely also ideal for couples who want a romantic evening.
Our chef, Andrea was fantastic (click here for more information). He was so friendly and passionate about his work. He sent me a menu in advance to choose from, and it was very difficult to pick what we wanted, because all the options seemed appealing. Our dinner was made up of four courses and a side dish.
Picture yourself in a charming private Tuscan villa, with absolutely stunning views, being wined and dined by your very own private chef. When we went it wasn’t quite warm enough to sit out on the balcony, but we could still appreciate the view from inside. You literally don’t have to lift a finger, Andrea does everything, including washing up everything he uses.
My partner and I both have big appetites, so we didn’t think we would have any trouble finishing this meal, but we were wrong. I was forced to leave a bit of pasta, as I knew I wouldn’t manage the rest of the meal otherwise (I ended up having the pasta for lunch the next morning). The portions were very generous. We didn’t manage to finish the enormous side of spinach but we enjoyed having it for breakfast the next day.
What we had
Starter - Traditional Tuscan starter including salami, Pecorino cheese with chestnut honey and black pepper, Tuscan ham and meats and bruschetta. The bruschetta was made from simple ingredients (cherry tomatoes, local olive oil and garlic) but it was so tasty.
First course - Homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli with a tomato and pesto sauce. The sauce was made from tomato, pesto, olive oil and garlic.
Main course - Chicken in Chianti wine with a sauce made with carrots, onions, garlic, olive oil and tomato.
Pudding - Portuguese milk (very similar to crème caramel). This is a dessert made with milk, sugar and eggs, and the sauce is made with caramel and chocolate. It was served with Cantucci almond biscuits and fresh strawberries.
Side dish - Spinach with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic, and also another side of bread.
Thanks so much Andrea for a mouth-watering memorable meal that we thoroughly enjoyed. Everything was perfect including the food and the friendly service, we would definitely do it again.