Our team

Chef Jennifer McIlvaine

Executive Chef

Jennifer has been a professional chef since 1998. Her career began in her hometown of Philadelphia, but as she became more interested in organic and locally raised products, she found herself moving to Seattle. There she opened her first business, Bruschettina, at the regional Seattle-area farmers’ markets to local and national acclaim. In 2006, Jennifer did an internship on an agriturismo outside of Siena, but ending up falling in love with neighboring Umbria.

After working at the renowned Osteria Il Bacco Felice in Foligno (Umbria) and later opening her own place, Trattoria Basiliko’, Jennifer decided to take a break from the restaurant business to start a family and is now the proud mamma of 2 Italo- American bambini. Jennifer has started her third successful entrepreneurial adventure: Life Italian Style, working as a private chef and leader of eno-gastronomic tours for visitors to Umbria. She works closely with the local artisan producers she has met over the years and keeps her ears open at the markets, always ready to learn a new traditional recipe from an Italian Nonna to share with you!

Journeys

Under The Umbrian Spell – Spring Edition
Europe May 2020

Under The Umbrian Spell – Spring Edition

Assisi, Trevi, Perugia, Orvieto, Spello and Siena
Taste of Piedmont
Europe June 2020

Taste of Piedmont

Alba, Langhe Hills, Barbaresco and much more
Spices of Indonesia: Bali & Komodo
Asia April 2020

Spices of Indonesia: Bali & Komodo

Ubud & Komodo Islands
Mastering wines: Tuscany
Europe September 2020

Mastering wines: Tuscany

Montalcino region, Tuscany
Italy at a Glance
Europe May 2020

Italy at a Glance

Amalfi, Rome & Tuscany