Tomas Simcha Jelinek has many stories to tell. He has been living in Tuscany for the past 30 years, both in Florence and in the Chianti hamlet of Lamole, and he is currently the manager of Ruth's kosher and vegetarian restaurant (www.kosheruth.com), next to Florence's Synagogue on via Luigi Carlo Farini. A professional puppeteer, caterer, award-winning writer and father of three, he has journeyed across Europe, has been married twice (to the same woman!), and his life in Tuscany has included cutting grass for Prince Charles and catering for the former mayor of Florence in the Sala dei Cinquecento. TF's Joëlle Edwards followed Jelinek on his routine morning trip to the Sant'Ambrogio market, where he selects produce and cuts of meat for the local Jewish community, as emissary to the rabbi of Florence.