Meet Vincenzo Prosperi, the creator of Vincenzo’s Plate. Vincenzo's Plate is a YouTube channel and Food Blog with a focus on cooking, determined to teach the world one video recipe at a time. In it he proves you don’t need to be a professional chef to impress friends, family and yourself. He teaches you how to cook mouth-watering Italian dishes right out of your very own kitchen, whilst having a laugh (and a glass of vino!).
Vincenzo used to be a comedian and actor and worked in many theaters and film productions. He is a 30-something-year-old, Italian-born food lover. Growing up with his grandmother, he has been involved in the kitchen from a very young age.
“When I was a kid I spent lots of time with my grandparents and my grandma used to teach me how to cook. I remember one Sunday morning, Nonna had her church friends over to her house and they were chatting around the table where Nonna was making fresh gnocchi. I was very little and Nonna made me make a few gnocchi in front of her friends. Her friends were very happy for me.”
I created my YouTube channel and food blog with the aim to equip those interested with the basics in Italian cooking (to start off with), teaching traditional techniques I learned from my Nonna, with a few twists and turns intertwined through every recipe.
The concept for Vincenzo’s Plate was devised when friends and family alike kept pestering the me for recipes for my dishes and although I would explain how they were very easy to recreate, few believed me and continued to dine out at Italian restaurants – some of which are an adaptation of the real thing, or as I would describe it, “fake Italian food.”
Last year I produced a TV show called "Italy Unexplored" with Vincenzo’s Plate and it’s about my unexplored region of Abruzzo. A region unknown to many but with real Italian flavors and some of the best foods in Italy. Right now I am working on my 2nd TV show which I am planning to film in July 2017.
My favorite meal when I was a child is still my favorite today and it’s Timballo Teramano made by my grandmother. It’s a traditional lasagna made with crepes, meat and cheese.
This recipe is now featuring on my website www.vincenzosplate.com and I am inviting you to try it because it’s a unique culinary experience.
My saucepans, pots and favorite knives.
The weirdest thing I have eaten is a Japanese Omelette in a Kawaii Café in Tokyo. Please see the photo to understand why.
The best thing I have eaten is a Sashimi Platter from a great restaurant in Tokyo. Can you tell I love Japanese food?
To have built an amazing community of foodies across my social media platforms, website and YouTube channel. Sharing my passion for food with others makes me the happiest person in the world.
My dream kitchen is an Italian-countryside-style kitchen (think of Tuscany), overlooking a winery and olive tree garden.
Having a family feast.
Cuban and Venezuelan Rum.
To go back in time, because I would play the right number to win the lottery.
Lasagna Bianca because it’s a dish I created. It is special because I created it on New Year’s Day in 2009 for my friends. We were in a remote countryside location in Italy and my friends wanted me to cook something delicious. There were a lot of expectations, but we didn’t have many ingredients at home. I opened the fridge and there wasn’t much in there, but I was inspired by my grandmother who is the best at creating amazing dishes with whatever she has at home. So I closed my eyes and used my imagination to create this lasagna dish.
First of all, find out what you are really passionate about. When you find that, create your dream job around it. I have always been passionate about good Italian food and seeing people cooking Italian the wrong way made me create my blog and YouTube channel with the mission to teach foodies from around the world how to cook and eat Italian food the proper way.