Michela (Mik), Emanuela (Emi) and Romina are three sisters that have grown up with Italian parents in the Welsh Valleys. Surrounded by Italian grandparents, aunts and cousins, the girls were brought up in the kitchen learning traditional Italian recipes as soon they could walk. The love of Italy, the family and food are values that have been ingrained into the girls and this unique close-knit Italian network meant that in 2012 the girls were approached by Channel 4 to present a four part cooking series on fresh pasta called Simply Italian, which aired in August 2012.
The three girls may have been brought up in a very traditional environment but at heart they are modern girls. All three were educated in the UK and have careers so they have found ways to adapt their family values to a modern lifestyle. Michela is a sports marketing consultant so is often on the road all week; she has become an expert at whipping up quick fix recipes (especially pastas or risottos) from basic store cupboard ingredients after a long day on the road. She refuses to succumb to processed pre-bought meals and has found ways to adapt recipes to quick fix solutions. Emi is a full time nanny and who lives in the US. Having more time at home, Emi is the technical expert as she is able to experiment with some of the more time consuming recipes handed down from our nonna (grandmother). Romina is the youngest and last single Chiappa sister, working for a luxury fashion brand in London. Romina loves to work hard and play hard so spends her weekends baking and entertaining friends with regular parties and foodie feasts.
Alongside Simply Italian on C4, the girls have been writing a cook book full of their family and traditional recipes handed down the generations. The girls had to decipher a lot of the recipes from their grandma’s old handwritten scrapbooks which feature lots of local dishes from their home region, Emilia Romagna, in Italy.
The sisters also have several businesses which they run alongside their other commitments. Michela runs an Italian Coffee Shop and Pizzeria with her husband, The College House, in Cardiff. The College House is Michela’s way to show people how a REAL cappuccino should be served (just like they do in Italy, not the Starbuck’s bucket). Her husband Dan learnt how to make fresh Italian pizza and focaccia for tasty homemade snacks from her cousin in Italy. Emi on the other hand designs bespoke and personalized gifts for children which are available online. www.theblubarn.co.uk . The three sisters also offer a service for people in the UK who want to plan a wedding in Italy. www.cohoitalianweddings.com CoHo Weddings was set up after Michela and Emi’s joint wedding which took place near Piacenza in Italy. The girls were overwhelmed at how much more Italy had to offer in terms of food for their wedding compared with the equivalent in the UK; and so they decided to set up a service to help other people who wanted the same solutions but might not have the Italian connections.
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- Date: 2012Production (role): Simply Italian (Presenter)Company: C4
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- Date: 2012Production (role): The O2’s Guru: Christmas Apps Video (Contributor)Company: YouTube (over 400K views)
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- Date: 2014Production (role): Simply Italian (Author)Company: Penguin