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Sono Marcella
Christine Y. Hickman
690 Gonzales Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Sono Marcella
Christine Y. Hickman
Via Volte della Pace 17/A
06122 Perugia Italia

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to cook... with my Mother and my Grandmother, for my roommates in college, and then for my husband. In mid-life, I decided to change careers, follow my passion, and become a professional chef. I worked in a series of restaurants to refine my knowledge and skills... at Le Trou in San Francisco, California, at Café Escalera and Aqua Santa in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in a small restaurant near Perugia, Italy. I also worked for various caterers in Santa Fe when I chose to expand my background & experience, and eventually, in order to satisfy my creative urges, I decided to venture out on my own. My professional cooking journey began more than 25 years ago, and during that time I have spent many a summer in Italy... first for pleasure, then for work, and now I have a home in Perugia where I spend May through mid-October teaching private, hands-on cooking classes.

My creative interests, friends, and travels have enriched my love of cooking and although I have more knowledge and practice in the Italian “kitchen”, I am also well-versed in other ethnic cuisines... namely Indian, Moroccan, Vietnamese, Thai, and Spanish. I offer all of these choices for cooking classes and catered events.

During the course of my cooking career, I’ve published several cookbook reviews and food related articles for local magazines as well as Santa Fe’s newspaper, The Santa Fe New Mexican. This experience has inspired me to launch a project I’ve long thought about... a book dedicated to the subject of gnocchi, an Italian “dumpling” often served as a “primo” or first course instead of pasta or soup.

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