A CHAT WITH PASTA EVANGELISTS’ CHEF

8 Jul 2020 | Student Life

Through lockdown, Roberta has become not only the mastermind behind some of our signature dishes here at Pasta Evangelists, but also the face of the brand, sharing her pasta expertise with the nation, via the #PauseForPasta initiative launched via the brand’s Instagram.

Roberta d'Elia

Head Chef at Pasta Evangelists

What made you want to be a chef?

I’ve always had a passion for good food. I was born into a family where good quality food was essential. From a young age, my grandmother equipped me with the techniques to make the best homemade pasta. I was only 8 years old when I started, and I can say that from that point onward, I truly never stopped!

Tell us about how you came to be a part of Pasta Evangelists?

Initially, I took care of events at the company. One day, while working at the Cambridge Food Festival, I met one of my favourite friends and Evangelists. After selling hundreds of portions of pasta, I realized that I wanted to be part of this crazy family. I love the concept, and I wholeheartedly believe in their mission.

How do you overcome setbacks? 

It sounds simple… but with a nice plate of pasta! When I encounter difficulties, I find the kitchen to be an extremely therapeutic place. For me, cooking is both relaxing and nostalgic. Ultimately, it is my passion, and when I encounter setbacks, returning to my passion is what keeps me driven.

If you had one piece of advice for students setting out to become a chef, what would it be?

It is important to learn the techniques – these are the foundations of the craft. That being said, while culinary school will give you the tools and teaching you will need to become a successful chef, the obstacles in the kitchen are many, and often people will criticise your recipes and methods! I think the best advice is to always believe in your ideas – this confidence will take you forward!

Are there any other companies or chefs that you are following at the moment? Any cool people we should know about?

Simone Rugiati is my absolute favourite at the moment. He is a chef and TV presenter from Tuscany.

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

I’m always so happy to see people enjoying my own recipes – a lot of the dishes sold at Pasta Evangelists are personal recipes of both myself and my team. To see these enjoyed far and wide throughout the country is a really special thing. I’ve got to do some really cool things in my line of work and meet some amazing people!

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