Luigi Wewege is the president and CEO of Vivier Group and is also a managing partner with Palmetto Global Ventures, bringing years of professional and academic experience to these critical leadership roles. With a strong background in international business, finance and management, Mr. Wewege has been a key component in the success of these ventures, both of which are clearly poised to enjoy extensive growth in the years to come. Mr. Wewegeearned his MBA from the MIB School of Business and Management in Trieste, Italy, where he developed a sincere interest in the culinary arts that has since become a passion that often occupies those rare occasions in which he has an adequate amount of time free from his professional responsibilities.
What is your hobby?
I spend much of my free time learning how to prepare authentic Italian cuisine.
How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
I was living in Italy and pursuing my MBA, and I simply could not pass up the opportunity to learn how to prepare the meals I had been enjoying during my time there.
Tell us what you love about it.
It’s just so much more rewarding to share a meal with others that you have made from scratch.
Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
No, I hardly have the time needed to prepare an authentic meal.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I’d always been interested in cooking, so I was quite fortunate that I already had most of the equipment I needed.
Where do you buy most of your supplies?
There is an Italian deli not far from my home, so I go there to get all of the ingredients I can’t prepare from scratch.
Are there any good books for beginners?
The Classic Italian Cookbook has some great recipes, but anyone who is serious about Italian cooking should really spend some time in Italy to learn firsthand from a true expert.
How has this changed your life?
It’s just nice to be able to make a home-cooked meal for my friends and family.
What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
There is no better experience than the hands-on experience you can find in Italy, so I think anyone interested in this hobby should really commit to traveling abroad.
Are there any other hobbies you have?
I played golf in college, and I try to play as often as I am able.