Coffee Break with Camilla Carrega
Surname: Carrega Bertolini
Subject and Courses: Program Director and Lecturer for the Master in Food and Beverage Management and Tourism Management
Wine Entrepreneur, Foodtrotter, Wine Taster, Experience and Travel Designer, Food & Beverage lecturer – “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are” this is Camilla’s motto. She graduated form the University of Florence on Viticulture and oenology with a master in oenology. Camilla has been academic coordinator of the Food and Wine Studies of Apicius – International School of Hospitality in Florence and of the Gambero Rosso Academy in her headquarters in Rome. She promotes the Italian lifestyle and culture around the world through food and wine from our territory, collaborating with international institutions such as the James Beard NY foundation and several American universities. Camilla is Mentor for StartupbootcampFoodTech, the main accelerator of startups that innovate the food industry. Here she works as a guide for everything related to the management and integrated development of the agri-food sector, business models and international education.Camilla today is the CEO of the Volognano Agricultural Company, Consultant specialized in food and beverage for Strategic Communication and Media Relations, where she develops and applies tailor made business acceleration models and plans for the management of crisis moments. She is also lecturer for various Italian and international universities in food and beverage management, Communication, Strategy and Director of the Masters in Food and Beverage Management, Tourism Management at Rome Business School.
When did you find out you that you wanted to be a teacher? Since I was at University, I felt the need of communicating and stimulating other towards what I was studying.
What teaching strategies or techniques do you usually use? Learning by doing, by giving practical exampleswhile explaining theory and role gaming.
What are the 3 fundamental competences that a worker needs to have in order to succeed in his/her future career? Communication and being able to help others understanding their future opportunities.
What suggestion would you like to give to your students about how to get the most out of their educational experience? Listening and following the heart when taking decision for own paths and roads to pursue.
According to you, what are the 3 main characteristics that a successful manager should have? Passion,Networking capabilities, Determination.
Do you have a mentor? If yes, who? Paolo Cuccia the president of Gambero Rosso e Antonio Ragusa they both always believed in me from the very beginning of my career path.
The most important lesson that you learned during your career path. Anything is possible, especially if there is a great team working behind any project.
What would you like to change about yourself? I have too many expectations that risk and sometimes this makes me feel stressed.
What are you doing to change the world? I am keen on solidarity projects that I believe can contribute to build a better world.
Top 3 cities to visit – Rome, Chicago, Tokyo.
What do you like best of Rome? Everything
3 books to read… Homo Sapiens – Harari, The Pleasures of the Table – Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Artusi – Science in the kitchen and the art of eating well.
What is your favourite Italian food? I love tasting everything.
Do you have a Nick name? Cami.
What are your interests and hobbies? Horse riding and culture learnings.
What are your weaknesses? I’m too fussy.
The craziest thing you have ever done… Leaving to work in a grape harvest in South Africa.
The happiest day of your life… When I had my first glass of wine.
What makes you feel angry? Approximation.
What embarrasses you? This is a difficult question, I can’t really replyDefine Happiness! Going to bed every night with no regrets.