Liverpool chef with thousands of followers inspiring families to cook together

A Liverpool chef encourages families to cook from scratch together using ‘love, passion and the freshest ingredients’.

Professional chef Gabriella Marigotta works at the Liverpool restaurant Cucina di Vincenzo and owns the Gabriella’s Kitchen brand, which has a large following on social media.

Gabriella, 29, uses Gabriella’s Kitchen Instagram, Facebook and YouTube accounts to inspire families to cook by providing recipes and tutorials.

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During the lockdown, Gabriella has taken over the ECHO Facebook page to film Facebook life teaching people to cook. Now, she is once again asking families to go back to the kitchen and prepare delicious dishes together.

Speaking to ECHO, she said: “It all started during the first lockdown. Being from an Italian family we still all live at home, so it was my family, our partners, the dog and there was an Italian pizza chef in the attic!

“We started having Come Dine With Me nights at home, where everyone would host a dinner party. My sister suggested we make some videos and photos, so she was actually the one who prepared everything.

Gabriella has her own brand that supplies families with recipes and cooking lessons.
Gabriella has her own brand that supplies families with recipes and cooking lessons.

“We were making recipes we grew up on, recipes that weren’t too challenging but full of flavour. A lot of people were stuck indoors at this really turbulent time and I think the food brought them a lot of comfort.

“My main goal was to get the kids back into the kitchen. Families would send me a message saying they sat at a table together they haven’t done in years or they just made their first pasta sauce. It kept me going and made me want to do more and more content.”

Gabriella thinks we’ve been dumbfounded that we don’t need to cook from scratch due to the fast-paced lifestyles we lead. She explained, “We don’t have the time or think it’s easier or cheaper not to cook, but you can actually eat meals really fast.

“I think the most important thing is that we need to know what we’re putting in our bodies when we buy from supermarkets. My rule of thumb is that if you choose anything that’s canned or wet and contains more than five ingredients, nine times out of 10 it’s not going to be good for you.”

“By cooking fresh homemade food, we know what we’re putting into our bodies. We need to educate kids and let them know what ingredients can make dishes. I don’t think some people know how to cook, so I created simple recipes and videos the way I learned.”

“There are no chef techniques – you just need a little love, passion, some fresh ingredients and you can do just about anything.”

One of Gabriella's pasta dishes, Linguine Vongole.
One of Gabriella’s pasta dishes, Linguine Vongole.

Gabriella, who aspires to have her own TV show someday, offers some valuable advice for people who want to start cooking. She said, “Just enjoy it and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If things don’t go well, it won’t be the end of the world.”

“Start with something simple, something you want to share with someone you love, whether that’s your partner, your kids, your grandfather, or a friend.”

Gabriella has already achieved a lot in her career, including appearing on the Netflix series Crazy Delicious in 2020 and interviewing celebrity chefs, including Heston Blumenthal and Lorraine Pascale.

Gabriella will premiere on Netflix Crazy Delicious in 2020.
Gabriella will premiere on Netflix Crazy Delicious in 2020.

However, she is moments with her father that she really cherishes. Gabriella explained: “It was absolutely iconic moments, but honestly I think the most memorable moment was when I was able to go eat at these amazing restaurants with my parents.

“We recently went to Le Gavroche and met Michelle Roe Jr. If I go back 10 years, my parents took us to The Waterside Inn where I met Alain Roe, Michelle’s cousin, when I was only 16. It is where my love of food began, I think is the most A specialty in my food career.

“It was so emotional and so private to think that I stuck with my desire to be a chef all the way through. It lays down what it means to me.”

You can follow Gabriella’s kitchen on Instagram here where you can access recipes, tutorials, and more.

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