We’re on a hot pursuit for everything that gives food its innate beauty and importance in our lives, emphasizing the diversity of gastronomy in different fields, areas, and communities.


The New Gastronome is an online magazine brought to you by The University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo, Italy and is the result of our creative engine, a rotating team of professionals that include our alumni,  students and professors, coming from all over the world, who shine a light on the individuality and uniqueness of food.


Connect with people and different cultures throughout our global gastronomic community with impactful articles, stories and features, photo essays, videos, how-tos, recipes, and much more.


Welcome to the pure, raw, and unfiltered side of gastronomy.




The Squad


Aarón Gómez Figueroa

Executive Editor / Creative Director

Duru B. Ozupek

Copy Editor / Copywriter

Paolo Ferrarini

Managing Editor



Our Creative Engine


Constanze Weiß
An Italy-bound writer girl, with insatiable gusto for Eggs Benedict and undying love for edible stories, she has recently graduated from the UNISG Master’s program of Food Culture, Communication and Marketing. Now, she spends her time writing for different platforms, travelling and keeping an eye out for the next culinary adventure.


Aarón Gómez Figueroa


Aaron studied design, gastronomy, photography and led a design agency for 10 years. In 2013, he earned a Masters degree in Food Culture & Communications at The University of Gastronomic Sciences and an MBA at the University of Bologna. Aaron works in Communications and as a food marketing consultant for various clients. He’s a lover of Instagram, discovering new bands, and time travel.


Lauren Micaela Nelson

United States

Lauren’s a Master’s student at The University of Gastronomic Sciences. Before that, she studied permaculture in Hawaii and spent two years farming in Austin, Texas. While studying in the US, she fell in love with the Slow Food Movement and helped coordinate Slow Food Austin’s first ever Disco Soup. Her passions are tea, edible flowers, naturally pink and purple foods, and trying new fruit varieties.


Matthew Hirsch

United States

Matthew graduated from The University of Gastronomic Sciences, in 2017, with a Master’s in Gastronomy: Food in the World. He now resides in Sydney, Australia where he writes freelance and manages events and tastings at a natural wine, craft beer and artisanal spirits shop.


Mohamed Abdikadir


Mohamed is from Somalia and was literally born under a tree! He’s a student in the Master in Food Culture, Communication & Marketing program at The University of Gastronomic Sciences. In 2010, he founded the first Slow Food Convivium in Somalia and after graduating, he plans to return to Somalia to contribute to changing his country and freeing his people from hunger using the Slow Food philosophy.


Nancy Monperousse

United States

Nancy’s a Masters student at The University of Gastronomic Sciences and for her, food is the synthesis of life and living. She believes it sustains us nutritionally and its role encompasses all emotional levels. Before getting her Masters, she studied Mass Communications in the United States. She’s a passionate lover of the written word, food, creativity, and the arts.


Pietro Perlino


Pietro’s a Master’s student at The University of Gastronomic Sciences. He’s been discovering new cuisines and interacting with different cultures, since he was a child, traveling the world with his parents. He studied sustainable architecture and for the past two years, he’s designed projects related to food and new technology. His passion is wine and he became a Sommelier to support his passion.


Ruth Von Strauss


Ruth become part of the gastronome society after attending The University of Gastronomic Sciences. She used to work as a cook in one of the best restaurants in Israel, and she’s also worked as a host manager for that same restaurant. Currently, she’s vlogging for a local newspaper in Jerusalem about her stay in Italy. Her goal is to have some kind of a direct connection from Jerusalem to Italy.


Sofía Morales


Sofia’s a Master’s student at The University of Gastronomic Sciences. She’s worked as a professional cook in fine dining restaurants in New York, Spain, and Mexico City and worked as a food writer for newspapers, magazines and online. Her passions are cooking, reading, writing, and traveling. She’s always learning and challenging herself with her backpack on her shoulder, and a fork in her hand.


Vittoria Rapone


Vittoria is a third year student at The University of Gastronomic Sciences. After high school, she planned to continue studying art, but  she questioned if studying food and culture, from different points of view, was the highest form of art expression. She wants to find an answer to how these two worlds are actually linked and feels they both need more creative people to make their bond stronger.