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 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 The Chef’s Line 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 learned has been from my family,” he 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.
“A lot of what I do is connecting to my roots and my heritage which is really important to me,” he said.
“When I was working (as a primary school teacher) I found that there was a lack of bi-lingual teaching resources so I’ve finished writing a bi-lingual children’s book.
“It’s Italian/English and it’s a story of immigration and incorporates some Italian folklore – it’s also set in Fremantle.
“The Italo/Australian community is so vibrant but there aren’t too many stories out there that young people can relate in regards to the immigration and multicultural community we’ve got here.”