Sara was born in Italy, a triplet, and grew up in a traditional Italian family, where both her parents were and remain real foodies. Like most Italians, Sara is very passionate about food and, before starting MasterChef, knew she could cook, but didn’t know she could create.
Being on such a competition has been one of the most important events of Sara's life and reaching the final and having achieved so much throughout the programme has been a life changing experience. So much so, that she now follows her passion for fine food full time.
Sara's ethos in the kitchen is simplicity. Using a few top quality ingredients to create an explosion of flavours. In a recent interview celebrating 10 years on the programme, one of the two judges revealed that his favourite MasterChef dish of all times was Sara's freshly made pasta with a red mullet ragout and pesto. An unusual combination of a handful of ingredients available and yet so delicious.
It is through Sara's dining club, cookery classes and tailor-made catering that she has been transmitting this passion for food and cooking since then. Sara is the very proud owner and Chef patron of Sara @ St John’s , York’s first dining club. Since its opening on 2 July 2011, they've have had over 7000 guests and are usually booked 3 months ahead.
Sara believes her great passion for food must be shared and she enjoys teaching and meeting clients who share the same passion, or want to learn and improve their skills in the kitchen. Sara's cookery classes are mostly about Italian food.