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Vittoria (Vicky) Veltri

Who doesn't LOVE pasta? Kids certainly do..
Vittoria (Vicky) Veltri is Italian and decided to put her focus on cooking classes for kids (and adults too). We can only applaud her for that.. 
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In 2016, Vicky founded her company which aim is to spread the passion for good and healthy food, through teaching cooking classes to kids and adults. 
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A little about Vicky...
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My own passion for food started in my granny kitchen. My love for cooking, in fact, started more than 25 years ago, when still a kid I was watching my grandmother preparing food for our family. In some lucky days, I took part in the process. My tasks as “Nonna” chef assistant were messing around with flour and playing with the dough.
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I will never forget how much fun it was and for me, that was one of the most beautiful time of my life! This is the reason why I started this company. I want to teach kids not only to cook tasty and healthy food but also that making homemade food from scratch is a very enjoyable activity.
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I have decided to launch my business whilst pregnant. I was thinking about what type of model I wanted to be for my little son. Have a stable job in an office was a good choice but it was not making me happy.
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One morning, when I was five months pregnant, I have decided to quit my job and start my new business adventure. At that time, I was already teaching the cooking classes on a part-time basis on the weekend and I knew that it would make me feel satisfied as a full-time job.
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So the adventure started. And not without obstacles. Not everyone approved of my choice. Luckily I have a very supportive husband that advise me to follow my heart. So, I did...
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In the beginning, everything was very confused. I didn’t know where to start so I started doing some research: reading, watching tutorials, joining Facebook groups and attending workshops. Whilst doing all this, I was taking lots of notes. 
Then, everything was clear. I knew where to start from and I made a list of priorities: first register a company on the Companies House and for corporation tax on the HMRC website. Then, I looked into the legal stuff: I wrote down my terms and conditions, privacy poliy and I took all qualifications, training and certificates needed for the cooking workshops and for working with kids. 
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The part I enjoyed the most though was the creative bit. Coming up with a name, creating the logo, building the website. This is what I loved the most about the process. I love coming up always with new ideas. I usually dream about my new ideas during the night or I just imagine something that I want to realise. Then, I write down the idea and all the small steps to make it real. The next day, I take action. Usually, it means looking for contacts, writing an email, calling someone.
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My business
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Enough talking about me. Let’s introduce my business idea now. I teach cooking classes in London. The cooking classes are for adults and kids and can be used as entertainment for a celebration of something special or just a gathering of friends and family. 
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The cooking classes for adults are ideal for birthdays, hen dos, and corporate events. I rent out quirky locations around our magnificent city. The one in the highest demand is a bizarre barge on the Regent’s Canal, called the Floating Showroom. 
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For the kids birthdays, we have many options. They can last one to two hours and a half, depending on the kids' age and the type of class. For smaller kids, I suggest the 1-hour-long workshops. The older ones, who can focus for longer periods of time, are able to undertake the longer workshops that include cooking up the meal and eating what they prepared. 
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My recipes collection has a wide range of variety: colourful pasta, ravioli, pizza and focaccia are among the most popular ones. 
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My mission and values
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My mission is to educate people about how much fun can be to cook together with family and friends. Cooking together is a bonding experience that brings people closer. But the benefits don’t stop here. It also educates families and kids to eat healthier.
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I support very strong values throughout every part of my organisation: the care of the environment, accessibility for everyone and helping the people that have a less advantageous position in society. I do this in different ways...
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I have a zero waste policy in place and I only buy my ingredients from organic suppliers. I volunteer in many soup kitchen and I teach free cooking classes for people who couldn’t afford it otherwise. 
This is the link to the kids' parties:

https://wp.me/P9TYLE-1lj 

Isn't she amazing?! Please do let us know if you want more info about Vicky or you want us to get you in touch

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Thanks so much Vicky

XO