The Instructors

Giulia Scarpaleggia:

“I was born and bred in Tuscany. I live in the house that my family built in the countryside between Siena and Florence with my partner Tommaso and my Maremmano sheep dog, Noa.

I took a master’s degree in Communication and Media Studies, but after six years as an employee and event organizer I understood that it was not my cup of tea. I discovered that my place was actually at home, in the Sienese countryside, writing about the food of my land and teaching other people to cook it.

In February 2009 I started my blog, Juls’ Kitchen, to give voice to this passion. 

In January 2012 I turned my passion into a job: I am now a freelance food writer, I develop recipes for magazines and companies and I teach Tuscan cooking classes to people coming from all over the world.

My love for traditional family recipes brought me to write my first cookbook, My grandma’s recipes, a book in Italian and in English about the food we eat at home everyday. In 2012 it was followed by I love Toscana. In 2014 Cucina da chef con ingredienti low cost, followed. In 2015 I worked with Alberto Fiorito, a nutritionist, to write Cucina naturale: Frutta, published by Gribaudo, a book on healthy recipes with fresh and seasonal fruit. My fifth cookbook, La cucina dei mercati in Toscana, was published in February 2017. This book is a collection of traditional and seasonal recipes and a guide to the best food markets in Tuscany.”

Tami Hardeman:

"In 2004, a photographer friend asked me to help him with a food shoot. A hot dog shoot, to be exact. I had been doing fashion styling for years but that day, I instantly knew I had found the perfect pairing for my love of food and photography. I never looked back, starting from the ground up to learn everything I could about food styling and finding my own personal work style along the way.

That was over a decade ago.

Since then, I’ve been published nationally in both print and video. I’ve been able to work on nearly a dozen cookbooks. I’ve travelled all over the world to do my job and I dearly love every minute of it. Making beautiful - and delicious - food is my passion and being part of a team executing someone’s creative vision is something I take great joy in.

I live a stone's throw from Atlanta, Georgia with my husband Mike and our animal family."

Helene Dujardin:

I am French expat from Provence and I moved to the US in the late 1990s to study History, fell in love with a boy and never left.

Over the last 15 years, I have worked on several dozens of cookbooks, some commercial campaigns and with chefs and restaurants. I am passionate about my job and collaborating with a team to help create a vision and a story. Food and the people around it. That's my thing.

Light, shadows and contrast make me giddy and I often spend a good part of my days off in my studio just playing and harnessing light, combining natural light with a touch of strobes.

I currently reside in Charleston, SC with the boy who became my husband and our crazy loving pups."