11.30 – 12.15
Aldo Zilli, celebrity chef & restaurateur
An award-winning chef and restaurateur who specialises in Italian cuisine (particularly seafood and vegetarian dishes), Zilli hails from the small Italian region of Abruzzo but was one of the first to introduce authentic Italian food to London in the ‘70s.
12.45 – 13.30
Gennaro Contaldo, TV personality, chef and restaurateur
Gennaro Contaldo is an Italian chef and restaurateur well known for his quintessential Italian spirit. His mastery in the kitchen is proven by the fact he calls Jamie Oliver his protégé, teaching him “everything he knows about Italian food”.
14.00 – 14.45
Joe Bastianich, restaurateur, MasterChef judge
Recognised by the James Beard foundation as both an Outstanding restaurateur (2008) and an outstanding wine and spirits professional (2005) is to undersell Joe’s abilities and accomplishments. With a 30-restaurant empire spanning over two continents and six series strong stint as a MasterChef judge (and counting!), Bastianich has cemented his position at the top of the Italian food world.
Alessandro Grano, Head Chef at La Fromagerie
Originally from Puglia, Alessandro’s passion for food rose in the early days whilst accompanying his grandfather through the local food markets. So it’s unsurprising that his style is simple with fresh flavours rather than a tower of ingredients on his plate. Famous for his heavy focus on cheese, Alessandro will be showcasing his passion and skills for formaggio in a masterclass about Italy’s finest.
16.30 – 17.00
Starita will be hosting a masterclass on the famous Neapolitan Pizza in the Food Theatre. Pizza napoletana is one of Italy’s most classic delicacies and is a product with Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status in Europe. Producing this famous pizza is no easy feat, combining San Marzano tomatoes (grown to the South of Mount Vesuvious) and Buffalo Mozzarella in a recipe that has been perfected over centuries. See it for yourself at Bellavita London!
Monday 18 July
Lavazza, There’s More to Taste
One of the emerging coffee trends is looking at Coffee Innovation and Food Pairings, Lavazza will look at food pairings and the how coffee has been used in new and unique ways, some of which have made their way into the mainstream. They will also touch on the Italian coffee culture, including how the espresso culture was born and how the famous drink only continues to evolve. Anya Gascoine from Allegra will also be offering a unique market insight at the end of the masterclass.
Theo Randall, Head Chef at Theo Randall at The InterContinental, a Michelin star at The River Cafe’
Inspired by the trattorias and rustic wood-fired pizzas of his childhood trips to Italy, British-born Theo Randall has developed a lifelong passion for Italian food. He’s well-known for favouring the individual flavour of well-sourced, quality ingredients over complex techniques.
Industry live panels, A talk from distributors & importers of Italian food in the UK
Italian vs local sourcing – panellists to discuss the growing request for authentic Italian food in the UK, the new trends and how to overcome the challenges involved with dealing with Italian growers, producers and brands. Including panellists from Guidetti Fine Food & Wine and Salvo 1968.
15.15 – 16.00
Francesco Mazzei, Chef Patron, restaurant Sartoria
World-renowned Italian chef and Chef Patron at Sartoria, Francesco Mazzei has long been considered one of London’s best chefs. Born and raised in Calabria – the toe of Italy’s boot – Mazzei is famous not just for putting southern Italian food on the map, but for bringing the best of Italy to Britain through his incredible attention to detail and unrelenting passion for high quality ingredients.
Tuesday 19 July
Carmelo Carnevale, Executive Chef, Aman Resorts and President of APCI UK
Carmelo’s career has taken him all over Europe and Russia – and to some of London’s leading restaurants. Grafting his golden Sicilian roots onto every menu he touches, he always receives rave reviews for his authentic but accessible Italian dishes.
Phil Howard, Chef and co-owner of upcoming Elystan Street, 2 Michelin stars at The Square
One of Britain’s most accomplished and respected chefs, Philip Howard has always been deemed a “chef’s chef”, happy to remain engrossed in the hectic day-to-day running of his restaurant despite having over 25 years of experience in the business. Having an immeasurable influence on the industry, Phil is most famous for his modern, progressive cuisine.
Ollie Dabbous, Chef and co-owner of Dabbous and Barnyard, a Michelin star at Dabbous
Ollie Dabbous is the darling of London cuisine, receiving a Michelin star at his eponymously named restaurant during its first year. Dabbous has a contemporary approach to food, mixing a casual atmosphere with top-end, intricate dishes and a side order of constantly glowing reviews. Boasting a meteoric career and a French-Italian father, he classes olive oil as the one ingredient he couldn’t live without.