Giancarlo, restaurateur met Katie, artist in 1997. He loved her painting, she loved his pasta. They now have two restaurants, a cookery school and two sons. Caffe Caldesi opened in 2002 as an informal bar and restaurant showcasing Italy’s regional cooking and great wines. Based on Giancarlo’s mother’s cooking Italian Mama’s Kitchen was published in 2004. In 2005 Katie and Giancarlo opened La Cucina Caldesi Ltd, a cookery school where the couple and guest chefs could share the secrets of their trade.