The Venerabile Compagnia dei Quochi (literally: The Venerable Company of Cooks) is dedicated to San Pasquale Baylon, the world’s patron saint of cooks. Since 1500, it has conducted in Florence a commendable and intense activity of spiritual, cultural and social promotion, first at the Church of San Salvatore in Ognissanti and later at the Church of Santa Margherita dei Cerchi.
In 2019 this ancient and glorious confraternity has been officialised into an association in line with current standards. Among its main objectives there is the special study of the historical sources to explain the origin of the Venerabile Compagnia and more in general the study and safeguarding of our traditional food culture.
In more modern times, the objectives have expanded, in tune with the changes in and needs of society, to include the safeguarding of the Italian food and wine heritage, the culture of healthy eating and the fight against food waste.