The Chiappa Sisters
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 wrote a book also named Simply Italian, 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 girls also have a new book named Baby At The Table which presents the Italian way to weaning, which enables ones children to be eating solid food by the time they are a year old. www.thechiappas.com/our-book/.