Hire an in-villa Cook for Local Puglian Food


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One thing is without doubt: an essential ingredient of any successful holiday is good food and wine. Restaurants, vineyards, gelaterias and cafes are as important as beaches, Cathedrals and archaeological sites. Sampling the local food, living the gastronomic life of the natives and sipping on a glass of chilled wine made just round the corner are the essence of “la bella vita” and the most pleasurable way of “immersing” yourself in the indigenous culture.

The Thinking Traveller can offer all this and more: in most of our properties it is possible to organise the service of an “in-villa” cook. This enables you to sample the local food at its most authentic in the comfort of your own home. You will neither have to set foot in the kitchen nor worry about driving back after a glass or two. Any young children in your group can have a normal bedtime, you will not have to worry about shopping or washing up and that extra time can be spent lounging by the pool or sipping an aperitif while watching the sunset. Then, as if by magic, it will be time for that well-earned feast.

One thing is without doubt: an essential ingredient of any successful holiday is good food and wine.

Our cooks, while not all being professional chefs, have usually cooked for the owners for years and produce genuine, delicious expressions of the local cuisine. They know the right butchers and fishermen and will be able to source local products such as cheeses and cured meats that you will not find in many restaurants.

You can hire a cook as much or as little as you like. After a long tiring journey, it may be nice on arrival at your villa to be greeted by mouth-watering fragrances emanating from the kitchen and the prospect of a good dinner to get you immediately into the holiday mood.

Just let us know your requirements in advance and we will organise everything else!

NB This service is subject to the availability. We cannot, therefore, guarantee it will always be possible to organise. Cooks should be paid directly, both for ingredients (receipts will be provided) and for the service.

Terms and conditions

Think Experiences are provided by independent local companies which are neither owned not controlled by The Thinking Traveller and for whom we act only as an agent. Whilst every effort is made to keep the description of every Think Experience up to date, the provider may cancel or amend your experience at their discretion for many reasons including where it considers that there may be a risk to your comfort, health or safety. Some excursions/activities (i.e. helicopter rides, excursions on Mount Etna, boat charter, etc.) may contain an element of risk or require a good level of physical fitness, and, if in doubt, you should contact us so we can put you in contact directly with the local provider before deciding to buy. Please also check that you are covered for the activity(ies) in question by your travel insurance policy.

In acting in the capacity of an agent on behalf of the provider, your contract will be with that provider and will be subject to their standard terms and conditions, and it will not form part of your contracted holiday arrangements with us. Any complaint (including any allegation of breach of contract or negligence) should be taken up with the excursion/activity provider directly. We will do our best to assist you, but will have no liability in relation to the performance of that contract.

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