DIANA TESTA 

Born and raised in a small town in Northern Italy between the Como lake and Milan Diana lived there for most of her life. Her parents and her region helped her appreciate food ant the food culture, therefore her roots. Food has always been an important part of her life, and as every Italian, food is in all her conversations. She talks about dinner while making lunch and about lunch while making dinner!

After having moved in her 30s to Switzerland then to England, the Netherlands and to the States, she traveled back and forth during summer and Christmas and this allowed her to maintain her childhood friendships and the long life relationships. 

 

Certified English as a Foreign Language teacher, she has a true passion for teaching.  Having lived in five different countries and speaking five foreign languages has allowed her to embrace different cultures incorporating them in my cooking classes.

 

Today, she teaches cooking all around Jacksonville: in-home cooking, clubhouses, retail shops and private venues. Collaborates with several chefs, restaurants and local farms and. She recently added virtual cooking classes to her services to respond to the social distancing measures in place. She also teaches Italian and English as a foreign language online and is planning to a culinary tour to Italy in 2021.

 

She is also a proud member of BNI, Ponte Vedra Women’s Club, Women’s Food Alliance, Network of Women, First Coast Women's Collaborative and First Coast Business Alliance, where she shares her knowledge and enriches herself.

 

Her burning desire is to open a front store cooking studio one day, where she can showcase her Italian products while continuing educating and sharing her passion for Italy and her unique culture.