Nicky Wilson (01/12/2006)
Nicky Wilson (pictured below), who won CookIt! in 2006, reports from her first prize trip to Italy courtesy of Sacla':
I have just returned from Italy having had a fantastic trip, we were treated like VIP's thanks to Sacla'.
I (and family) stayed in a wonderful hotel in Tigliole, we had dinner in their restaurant (michelin star no less!) and we had 7 courses - I can remember every one!!
The next morning we went to see the basil fields and saw how the basil was harvested AND the basil was back to the factory and into the process before we were! Can't get much fresher than that!
We then got our white jackets and net hats on (lovely) and had a tour round the Sacla' factory in Asti, from the washing of the basil to the labelling of the jars — it was all so interesting — they showed us everything. We had two lovely guides, an English girl called Laura and an Italian called Sara.
Off then to the Barbero factory for the most delicious Nougat ever — real Nougat!
And then ... of course, Sara coming from Asti, knew the best place to take us for an ice cream to end our day with her.
We then went off to sample more of what Italy has to offer on our own for a few more days, I now love Italy, just need to learn a bit more of the language!
So thank you to the Guild of Food Writers for organising the competition — I got a lot out of it, the competing, the winning and such a great prize.
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