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about me:

Italian-Venezuelan cooking, eating and dancing in Rome

In love with veggies, suitcases, airports, hats, Christmas & books


Claudia Rinaldi gourmet project

what brought me here?

I ate in Venezuela until I was 8, pan dulce for breakfast and homemade gnocchi for dinner.

Then I moved to Rome and stopped putting ketchup and mayo on my pasta.

But still I would find arepas for dinner.

Meantime, I spent almost every summer of my childhood savoring Cuban cuisine in Miami.

Again: pancakes for breakfast and ropa vieja for dinner.

While conquering my degree in Business & Economics I began exploring world cuisines: from Chinese to Irish, passing by sushi.

And studied a lot… of cooking methods (I have a few Cordon Bleau certificates).

Once out of school, two wonderful girls at Bulgari decided I was perfect for their HR department: I was in charge of Training (& banqueting).

Then TV recruited me.

While working as HR Manager at Fox Channels, I introduced food to my (and my colleagues’) office life: goodies at meetings, a “share your recipe” space on the company’s Intranet, vegetable boxes delivered to the office, looots of candies during evaluations and comfort snacks for the budgeting season.

Time passed.

I grew up and learned a lot: being the HR (& Training) Manager gives you a lots of opportunities. I got a Master in Human Resources Management, I attended a Business Administration Bocconi course, and fed up my foodie soul by developing projects with the incredible Veronesi Institute people. I planned courses (and attended, and learned a few things) about negotiation, creative writing, public speaking, communication

But a lot of time had passed and I needed more space…

my space.

I wanted to make my own thing, and I wanted to cook… all day long.

So here I am, with my apron on and floury hands…

making my own thing.


about gourmet project:

blog, magazine & food projects centered on:

slow food & slow living Italy

seasonal recipes & ingredients

travel pics & tales

lots and lots of olive oil


about pics

I use an iphone for all my photos and I edit them with vscocam.

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want to work with me?

send me an email: info{at}


my work:

Since I left my work as HR Manager I entered the soft, shadowy but authentic world of food.

Which is not only cooking, but also developing recipes and menus, taking cute pics, researching, editing, publishing and giving advise.

Italian food blogger

things I’ve done as a food blogger

Kitchen Aid & Estra Kitchen Tour (with chef Daniele Usai):

KitchenAid Italia & Estra Kitchen (with chef Enrico Cerea & Paolo Vizzari):


things I’ve done as a food consultant

I’ve helped food companies reinvent their offer according to better standards and people’s actual demand:

Compass Group & Luiss Guido Carli University: cafeteria restyling

Compass Group & Bocconi University: bar menu restyling – ongoing

Compass Group: Brescia University Cafeteria Menu restyling – ongoing


things I’ve done as a food writer

I’ve written about my traveling experiences:

The Culture Trip –The Greek Islands And Their Mythological Stories

The Culture Trip – Rome’s 5 Best Cooking Schools

and my food experiences:

The IT Factor – The kale bruschetta recipe & the Italian cribs

Al Femminile & Csaba Della Zorza 4 Samsung – Babbo Natale, voglio una casa iper-tenologica!

Al Femminile – Dolcetto o Scherzetto? Il PBJ sandwich americano…

Casa Facile – L’Arte del Ricevere

I’ve held cooking (and drinking) courses and published books:

Amazon – Bibendum

Easy Italian

things I’ve done as a magazine editor

I’ve launched my Italian food magazine:

The Gourmet Mag, an Italian Food Magazine for Italian Food Lovers

which is now at it’s 7th issue 🙂

there’s probably something I’ve missed, and there’s surely more to come, so stay tuned!


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