Travel has always been a priority for Derek whenever he has the free time. It began with a trip to Ireland in high school, and continued to other countries including Australia, Iceland, Denmark, and Spain as well as domestic travel within the US. However, none of these places left the impact on Derek the way that Italy did. Growing up in an Italian family that makes their own wine and enjoys an assortment of cheeses and olives before every big meal, Italy makes Derek feel right at home.
After feeling unfulfilled in his accounting career and yearning for the opportunity to work in a field that he was passionate about, Derek gladly joined the Audley team to share his love and knowledge of Italy with all. Derek's passion for helping others can also be seen through the non-profit foundation he started in 2015 which hosts local charity sports tournaments.
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I'll never forget when…
Getting the opportunity to make pizza with an Italian chef was an experience I will never forget. Upon arrival, we were welcomed into the kitchen with a glass of wine and then began the quest of making our own pizza dough. We followed the chef's instructions as he shared his secrets to making the perfect pizza.
Once the dough was complete and got the chef's stamp of approval, we needed to let it rest. During this time we enjoyed some delicious focaccia bread and pizza roll snacks. When the dough was ready, we shaped our pizza and added our favorite ingredients. After only a few minutes in the oven, the pizza was ready. Eating our homemade pizza with a glass of wine would have been a great way to end the tour, but then the chef brought out a Nutella dessert pizza, and at that point I knew this was my favorite tour.