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Katie was an artist when in 1997 chef Giancarlo Caldesi commissioned her to paint a mural in one of his restaurants. He loved her painting and she loved his pasta, they now have two restaurants, Caffe Caldesi in Marylebone, Caldesi in Campagna in Bray, Berkshire and an Italian cookery school, La Cucina Caldesi.

In 2006 Katie and Giancarlo appeared in the BBC television series Return to Tuscany which saw them get married in Tuscany, take over a hotel there where they ran a residential cookery school and open their school in London all over a period of six weeks.

The series launched them as TV chefs and they now make regular appearances on television for programs such as Market Kitchen, Masterchef, BBC Breakfast, Sunday Brunch and Saturday Kitchen as well as frequently contributing to articles in the national papers and glossy magazines.

‘Around the World in Salads’ is Katie and Giancarlo’s eighth book. The next one to be published is on the food of Sicily, out in October 2016 which will add to their portfolio of regional Italian recipe books.

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YOGA OR PILATES?

Yoga

FAVOURITE YOGA OR PILATES MOVE?

Tree

FLAT WHITE OR GREEN TEA?

Flat white

GREEN JUICE OR COCKAIL?

Cocktail

SUMMER OR WINTER?

Summer

CITY OR COUNTRYSIDE?

Countryside

DANCING OR DVD?

DVD

LAST MEAL?

Salmon salad with watercress dressing

DA VINCI OR DI CAPRIO?

Da Vinci

CHARLOTTE BRONTE OR CAITLIN MORAN?

Caitlin Moran

VOGUE OR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC?

National Geographic

ANGELA MERKEL OR HILARY CLINTON?

Hilary Clinton

WHAT NEVER FAILS TO MAKE YOU SMILE?

My dog

WHAT CHARACTER TRAIT DO YOU LOVE ON OTHERS?

A sense of humour

WHAT CHARACTER TRAIT DO YOU LOATHE IN OTHERS?

Gloominess

WHAS HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE YEAR SO FAR AND WHY?

2005, we were married, had a TV series made about us, opened two businesses, I was slim!

AND YOUR WORST YEAR?

1984

WHAT’S YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Hellman’s mayo, tomatoes and white bread

FAVOURITE FOOD?

Michael Pollan’s In Defence of Food

FAVOURITE FILM?

Local Hero

FAVOURITE RECIPE FROM YOUR NEW BOOK?

Chicken Shawarma Salad, Green olives, Lemon Crème Fraiche

RECIPE THAT EVERYONE ASKS YOU FOR?

The perfect lasagna

YOUR SECRET INGREDIENT?

Vanilla oil

FAVOURITE RESTAURANT (AFTER YOUR OWN OF COURSE!)?

Nopi

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IF YOU WERE PRIME MINISTER WHAT WOULD BE TOP OF YOUR AGENDA?

Introduce regular and compulsory proper cooking from scratch into the school curriculum – at least 3 times a week so everyone know about nutrition, ingredients, how to grow food, animal welfare and could cook well when they leave school

MOTTO TO LIVE BY?

Don’t do the minimum, do the maximum

A SINGLE PIECE OF ADVICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF WOMEN?

A tough one, so much advice that I would have liked when I was younger probably doesn’t apply anymore such as “you can be anything you want to be” women should know that now. Perhaps something more mundane and domestic but still I believe crucial and often overlooked “know how to cook and pass that skill onto your children”.

FAVOURITE ITEM OF ASQUITH CLOTHING?

Live fast halter neck

WHAT IS IT ABOUT ASQUITH THAT YOU LOVE?

The softness of the fabric and the thought that has been put into the fit and comfort as well as the styling

WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO SEE WEARING ASQUITH?

Cameron Diaz

WHO IS YOUR WOW WOMAN?

Sarah Wilson

Website: www.caldesi.com
Tel: 0044 (0)207 487 0756.
Caffé Caldesi, 118 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QF
La Cucina Caldesi, The Italian Cookery School, 118 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QF
Caldesi in Campagna, Old Mill Lane, Bray, SL6 2BG

‘Around the World in Salads’ is available now from Asquith.
Read and watch Katie Calesi’s recipes come to life here.

 

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