Din­ing out on the clas­sics

Canning Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

HE might not be a “masterchef” but Perth home cook and foodie Daniele Foti-cuz­zola is paving a ca­reer in the world of food one can­nolo at a time.

The free­lance jour­nal­ist and mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant has en­joyed a love of the Ital­ian cui­sine, hav­ing grown up im­mersed in the cul­ture since child­hood.

Foti-cuz­zola now holds work­shops ed­u­cat­ing food lovers on his fam­ily recipes, in­clud­ing can­noli, gnocchi and pasta from his al­fresco kitchen and with the Town of Bassendean.

“With my Ital­ian back­ground I was al­ways sur­rounded by food,” he said.

“Week­ends were spent mak­ing olive oil, wine and sauce and I travel back to Italy quite reg­u­larly, so a lot of the mem­o­ries I as­so­ciate with a city, dis­tant rel­a­tive and what they would cook for lunch or din­ner and the dishes that they had.

“Food is where we sit at the ta­ble ev­ery night and we talk about our day; it’s just a way to con­nect with my roots.”

Foti-cuz­zola, who has also ap­peared on SBS’S said he loved teach­ing peo­ple sim­ple, clas­sic recipes and en­cour­aged those afraid to get into the kitchen to give it a try.

“Ev­ery­thing I’ve learnt has been from my fam­ily,” Fotic­uz­zola said.

“The whole pur­pose of my work­shops is to show we shouldn’t be fright­ened to cook sim­ple, easy, de­li­cious Ital­ian food and it’s not daunt­ing.

“I think there’s noth­ing more re­ward­ing than mak­ing some­thing from scratch for those you love.”

Tak­ing his love for his Ital­ian her­itage an­other step fur­ther, Foti-cuz­zola, a for­mer pri­mary school teacher, has also just fin­ished an­other mul­ti­cul­tural pro­ject.

“When I was work­ing (as a pri­mary school teacher) I found that there was a lack of bilin­gual teach­ing re­sources, so I’ve fin­ished writ­ing a bilin­gual chil­dren’s book,” he said.

“It’s Ital­ian/english and it’s a story of im­mi­gra­tion and in­cor­po­rates some Ital­ian folk­lore.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit dinewith­daniele.com or email dinewith­[email protected]

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