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Chef Joey Campanaro June 1-7

Join acclaimed New York City chef and restauranteur, Joey Campanaro, for an unforgettable culinary adventure and intimate, hands on week of cooking and exploring in the romantic Tuscan countryside.  Joey will introduce you to new techniques and ingredients, cooking together with you both traditional Italian recipes as well as the very best from his restaurants, The Little Owl, Market Table and The Clam, guiding you through the simple and flavorful experience of living a week in Tuscany to the fullest, and inspiring your cooking for years to come!   We are thrilled to have Joey back to Villa Montecastello.

With a culinary approach rooted in his Italian grandmother’s kitchen and honed in a range of America’s top restaurants, Joey Campanaro brings a lifelong affinity for Italian cuisine to every dish he creates.    His passion and skills have landed Joey in top restaurants around the country, where he learned from the brightest chef’s in the business, such as Neil Murphy, Joachim Splichal, Jimmy Bradley and Jonathan Waxman. 

Before moving to New York, Joey was the Chef de Cuisine of Universal Studio’s Executive Dining Room and proprietor of his own Hollywood, California based catering company.  In New York, Joey opened The Harrison in Tribeca, where he earned a two-star review from The New York Times.  In 2004, he took on the role of Executive Chef of Pace, an Italian restaurant in Tribeca, while also reopening his catering company, Blackfoot Consulting, where he continues to consults for such esteemed clients as Martha Stewart, Mike Piazza, NBC Universal and Conde Nast Publishing, among others.

In 2006, Joey opened his dream restaurant, The Little Owl, in New York City’s West Village to critical acclaim.  The Little Owl continues to be praised as one of New York’s most exciting restaurants and has received a two-star review from The New York Times.  Next came Little Owl-The Venue, a private event space and culinary showroom, and then in 2007 along with friend Mickey Price, Joey opened Market Table, a neighborhood restaurant specializing in warm hospitality and fresh market-driven cuisine.  Following the success of Market Table, the pair went on to open Th e Clam, a seafood focused restaurant nearby. 

Joey’s success has received critical acclaim, and has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Travel & Leisure, NBC’s Today Show, and many more.

The setting for this week will be the immaculately restored 11th century luxury agriturismo, Villa Montecastello, a working organic farm and olive grove, perched high atop a hillside with the dreamiest views of the Tuscan countryside.  The villa has been immaculately renovated to off e r its visitors an authentic luxury experience in Tuscany centered around food and wine.  Located one hour south of Florence, the Villa is surrounded by olive groves, with vineyards and nature reserves at its base.  With extensive vegetable and herb gardens, in-house raised animals and olive oil made on site, much of the produce that will be used in the cooking classes and meals will come right from the farm, making for a truly unique and authentic farm to table cooking experience.     Your week spent in this storybook setting will be complemented by magical day trips and wonderful wines.

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