Meet our Committee


Eleonora Vanello
Eleonora discovered Slow Food when was living in Italy. She was very fascinated by SF’s events as they tell the story and traditions behind each produce. Volunteering with SFE is giving her the opportunity to know the land where she lives and the food and drink traditions, understand what biodiversity and climate change really means and have a lot of fun with people that share her passion.
Lucia Ortisi
Lucia Ortisi is a qualified chef and gastronomer who is passionate about the role that food plays in enriching our culture and identity. Italian by birth, Lucia started out practicing law until her entrepreneurial instincts got the better of her. Keen to share her love of Mediterranean culture with the wider world, she set up and directed a study abroad programme in her native Sicily that taught everything from Mediterranean diet to immigration and was eventually acquired by an American university. Now firmly established in Edinburgh with her family, Lucia has completed her studies in gastronomy at Queen Margaret University, so that she is in a better position to put nutritious, sustainable and delicious food at the centre of her work.
Peter Mountford-Smith

Peter became involved in food when working in outside catering during a gap year. Like many people, he started cooking as a student and gradually developed this skill during a career unrelated to food. He now cooks from scratch most days in a variety of cuisines, and is interested in sustainable food systems and the wider politics of food. He joined the Slow Food movement because it reflects his views about the importance of good quality, tasty food from sustainable sources, and because it actively promotes these values.

Rosella Petta

Rossella, originally from Italy, has been residing in Edinburgh for the past decade, where she has gained a reputation as a dedicated foodie and cultural enthusiast. Driven by her love for all things culinary, Rossella founded her own food and culture magazine, where she focuses on promoting small businesses, creatives, and sharing the culture of pasta on different levels.

Rossella's passion for food, drink, and her long experience in the hospitality sector has led her to join the Slow Food Edinburgh committee, where she aims to promote the mission of slow food through marketing and communications. She is committed to making a positive contribution to the Slow Food Edinburgh community, and her dedication to support local businesses, sustainable food and heritage is what pushes her to be part of this inspiring community.

Adela Trofin

Adela works as a human rights campaigner for a living and is an advocate of good, clean, fair food for life. Brought up with home-cooked meals and seasonal ingredients grown by both her grandmother on an allotment and by her parents on a veggie patch behind the building where they were living, conviviality, commitment to real food, supporting sustainable small farming are values deeply rooted in her. Involved with the Slow Food movement since 2012, she's been the Slow Food Iași Convivium Leader for 6 years while living in Romania. Since she's moved to Scotland, she continues her pursuit of local gastronomy and culinary heritage while constantly learning how our food choices shape us as individuals, as communities, as constants of change within a globalized world.

Mike Wilson