YOUNG South Guildford chef Tom Rechichi has won the Best Student Award for re-creating his Italian nanna’s gnocchi at the Big Bethanie Bake Off.
The event aims to close the intergenerational gap between seniors and juniors as young and old chefs cook their favourite family recipe, accompanied by a story reflecting their family’s life, culture and history.
Tom said gnocchi in tomato sauce is a an Italian recipe passed down through generations of the Rechichi/Calautti family.
“My Italian Nanna learned to make it from her mother when she got married and that was over 40 years ago,” he said.
“My Nanna and Great Nanna still enjoy making it together.
“Because I love it so much, my Nanna has started to teach me how to make it myself.”
Tom said he begged for the dish whenever he visited his Nanna’s house.
“My Nanna is an expert at cooking, but this is by far the best of all her amazing dishes,” he said.
“I love the way it melts in your mouth.
“The homemade sauce is a special recipe that goes back as far as when her family lived in Calabria.
“Once a year our family gathers to make enough pasta sauce to last every single person in our family for the rest of the year.
“That is a family tradition that goes back until the days my family emigrated from Italy.”