Ursula Ferrigno is a talented and experienced cook with a passion for teaching and a love of all things Italian and healthy. She specialises in breads, soups, risottos, vegetables, every kind of pasta dish, and with an interest in Gluten Free foods she has recently developed a range of foods for special dietary requirements.
Ursula trained in hotel catering and took an Escoffier course in Paris, before starting her own business manufacturing recipes. She is passionate about teaching and has taught at top cookery schools such as Leith’s, Divertimenti and Caldesi, has run highly popular seasonal Italian cookery courses at the Books for Cooks Cookery School, and been a consultant to Café Nero for 15 years and is a regular guest chef at RSJ restaurant in London.
Having been brought up with bread on the table at every meal, Ursula is a passionate baker. With Italian breads her speciality, she teaches both professionals and amateurs to make an array of national and regional breads from Ciabatta and Focaccia to volcanic Stromboli. She is the driving force behind National Breadmaking Week, designed to promote the role of bread in the modern British diet.
She has appeared on many television programmes including Good Food Live, BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme, GMTV's Saturday Disney, Granada TV, and BBC North and has been profiled in a number of magazines. Ursula presented three programmes for HTV's cookery series Green Grow the Dishes. More recently, in 2013 she was a judge on the Italian episode of Royal Chef, a new series for Israeli television, filmed in London.
Ursula is a prolific author having written 17 international cookery books, including Trattoria and La Dolce Vita - a book of heavenly desserts and sweets, and Ursula Ferrigno's Italian Cookery Course, the most recent being The New Family Bread Book, and a book on Olive oils and Vinegars.
She is currently working on a new book due for publication in 2015.