The Villa & Estate
Meet Your Hosts
About Emma Elice-Flint
Nutritionist and chef Emma Ellice-Flint is passionate about making a difference to peoples’ lives through nutrition and natural medicine. She founded her practice ‘Eatcetera Nutrition’ with the aim of giving people the knowledge they need to create healthy lives for themselves and their families.
Emma welcomes and treats people with all conditions but digestive wellness and hormone balance are topics close to her heart. So much so that she wrote two evidenced-based cookbooks – one about female hormone balance called The Happy Hormone Cookbook, and another about gut healing called The Bone Broth Bible. She brings together years of clinical experience, evidence-based nutritional advice, a wealth of knowledge about food and the excitement that goes with that understanding.
Emma originally trained in hospitality at Ealing College, part of the University of West London. In London she cooked on myriad events, small and large, such as cooking at Buckingham Palace and at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament.
Arriving in Sydney, Australia in the 1990s, Emma cooked for a varied audience including politicians, royalty and celebrities. Her keen interest in health saw her combine healthy, wholesome food into the style of cooking she produced, taking advantage of the beautiful and abundant produce in Australia.
In 2007 she decided to make that interest in nutrition her full time profession, hanging up the chef’s whites and undertaking full-time study, qualifying in Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition). Emma regularly attends ongoing professional education, keeping up to date in the ever-changing field of nutrition, and apart from clinic work, runs nutrition cooking workshops across Australia and the UK.
During the last few years Emma has shared her knowledge by co-running a number of Nutrition retreats in Australia. Guests learn the value of wholefoods in their eating, the benefits to their bodies, and watch Emma prepare those dishes. The retreats have meant guests also have time away from their busy lives, share meals with like-minded people, and above all relax. What a treat!
About Elizabeth Berger
Elizabeth read History of Art and Architecture at university in the UK and benefitted from a year abroad in Pisa for her second year, where her love of Italy began.
Once her studies were over, fully bitten by the travel bug, she began working as a walking guide accompanying small groups of extremely interesting people through the European countryside where art, folklore, flora, food and wine were debated and enjoyed. And out of this came a great appetite to learn more about fine wine. Elizabeth returned to the UK in 2001 to begin her career and studies in the Wine Trade, planning to stay no more than 18 months… twelve years later, London had been good to her and her Italian husband but with the arrival of children it felt like the right time to return to Italy. So in 2013 Elizabeth leapt off the corporate ladder having been Marketing & Wine Director for Champagne Bollinger for 8 years and set up a wine business consultancy, which still occupies most of her working day.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil became a true passion since moving to Tuscany where Elizabeth has applied her knowledge of tasting, selecting and marketing to a small on-line enterprise, which she runs by candlelight with her husband. They sell the very best Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a 6 week period of the year, during harvest, and ship in time for Christmas.
“Working with fine wine for the whole of my career has introduced me to many people who care passionately about the ingredients and provenance of their food and drink. So many of us have become ‘foodies’ and yet, though we all use extra virgin olive oil as a cooking staple and a dressing, the oil available on the high street is most often below acceptable standards in terms of quality and also health benefits. Our mission is to change the way you buy your extra virgin olive oil by sending it directly from the Frantoio in Italy immediately after it has been pressed to offer you as much pleasure and benefit as you get from a mid-summer tomato or a fine glass of wine. This completely guarantees the provenance, the freshness and the quality. Put olive oil centre stage in your kitchen”
About Silvia Cavicchioli, Yoga teacher
Silvia is a very passionate yoga teacher based locally in Siena. She is very keen about integrating yoga with healthy eating and lifestyle.
About Vincenzo Avino, Tuscan Chef
Vincenzo ‘Enzo’ Avino is a Siena-based chef, who uses seasonal, locally grown produce to create traditional, healthy dishes from the Tuscan region. Enzo will be cooking our dinner on the Saturday evening.
The Cost :
All inclusive of activities, meals, drinks, ensuite accommodation and full use of the villa and its beautiful grounds.
Price twin share per person, 3 nights inclusive: €790
Price single room per person, 3 nights inclusive: €1,190