When I discovered that I would be in the presence of royalty during a Culinary Experience with the Duchess in Palermo, Sicily I was gobsmacked.

As an expert of Sicily, my sponsor Connie Costa, owner of Exclusive Sicily Tours knew that exclusive and unique experiences was at the top of my list for my audience.

A day with the Dutches

I was even more thrilled when I realized that we would be invited into the Duke and Duchess’ private home to cook along side her in her very own kitchen.

Setting the Scene:

Palermo, the vibrant capital of Sicily, is steeped in history and culture. As I strolled through its charming streets, the aroma of freshly baked bread and local herbs filled the air, setting the scene for a delightful culinary adventure.

A day with the dutches

My excitement grew as I arrived at the elegant home, an exquisite home exuding the aristocratic charm of bygone eras. The setting alone made me feel like royalty, but little did I know that the Duchess herself would make this day truly unforgettable.

Duke and Dutches home

The Duchess and her Passion for Sicilian Cuisine:

Meeting the Duchess was captivating; her warm personality and deep passion for Sicilian cooking were evident from the start.

Her culinary expertise, passed down through generations of her family, shone through as she shared anecdotes and historical tidbits, enriching the class.

Cooking with the Dutches

Her love for the island’s produce, seafood, and traditional recipes was contagious, and I couldn’t wait to dive into the culinary delights ahead.

The Sicilian Culinary Journey:

Our cooking adventure began with a visit to a bustling local market, where the Duchess introduced us to the vibrant array of fresh ingredients that define Sicilian cuisine.

We explored stalls filled with colorful vegetables, fragrant spices, and succulent fruits unique to the region.

The Duchess’s guidance in selecting the best produce for our dishes was invaluable, emphasizing the importance of using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.


With our aprons on, we gathered around the Duchess’s well-equipped kitchen. The class was interactive and hands-on, making it suitable for both beginners and seasoned chefs.

Under her watchful eye, we prepared classic dishes like arancini, pasta alla norma, and the delectable cassata, a traditional Sicilian dessert. 

Every step of the cooking process was a learning experience, from mastering the art of pasta-making to understanding the intricate techniques behind perfectly seasoned arancini fillings.

Tasting the Fruits of Our Labor:

As the enticing aromas filled the kitchen, our anticipation grew, and we couldn’t wait to savor the fruits of our labor.

Thanks to the Duchess’s expertise and guidance, our dishes turned out to be an absolute delight, bursting with authentic Sicilian flavors.

We gathered around a beautifully set table, reminiscent of a royal banquet, and savored each bite with sheer joy. It was a true feast for the senses, with the tastes of the Mediterranean transporting us to a culinary paradise.

Beyond the Kitchen:

“A Day Cooking with the Duchess” offered more than just a cooking class; it was a complete cultural experience. During our breaks, the Duchess regaled us with fascinating stories of Sicilian traditions, sharing her memories of growing up with these age-old recipes.

She also provided recommendations for exploring Palermo’s historical landmarks, hidden gems, and vibrant nightlife, ensuring our journey extended beyond the kitchen walls.


My day with the Duchess in Palermo was nothing short of magical. Through her cooking class, I not only learned the art of preparing authentic Sicilian dishes but also gained a profound appreciation for the cultural significance of food in Sicily. 

The Duke and Duchess’s warm hospitality and love for her heritage made this experience truly exceptional.

If you have a penchant for culinary adventures and a desire to immerse yourself in the heart of Sicily’s gastronomy, I wholeheartedly invite you to join “A Day Cooking with the Duchess.”

This extraordinary cooking class at her private home will leave you with memories to cherish, flavors to savor, and an enduring connection to the rich culinary heritage of Sicily.

Come, be a part of this culinary journey and experience the magic of Sicilian cooking with the Duchess herself.

Buon appetito!



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