Originally from Liverpool, Ruth had her first solo adventure at a work experience placement in southern India. With a biomedical sciences degree under her belt, she decided to let her passion for travel take hold and undertook an internship in rural Tanzania. Working among local people immersed her in the area’s culture, and her love for Africa began.
Joining Audley allowed Ruth to see more of the world, focusing initially on South Africa and, more recently, turning her attention closer to home with Italy.
As a food lover with a soft spot for wine, she loves visiting South Africa and Italy, as they both offer scenery and history with the bonus of delicious dishes and labels. With family in the Piedmont region, Ruth began visiting Italy at a young age and has now been able to explore the contrasting regions of Italy’s ‘boot’ in depth.
I'll never forget when…
Laura is a retired chef who lives in a charming apartment outside Sorrento. She was born in Campania and has always called the area her home. I visited Laura for the day to cook with her and learn how to make some classic Italian dishes. She starts by showing you the fresh produce she has bought earlier that morning. You then get the hands-on enjoyment of making the likes of ravioli and tiramisu. Cooking in an informal setting takes all the intimidation out of the task. The afternoon finishes with a four-course meal of what you’ve prepared (which Laura serves), accompanied by wine and classical music chosen by Laura playing in the background. I’ll try to forget the calories consumed, but I’ll never forget Laura.