Announcing the First Chefs for Bellavita Expo London 2017!

Bellavita is proud to announce the first chefs offering their insight and expertise to the show. Familiar faces include returnees Theo Randall and Francesco Mazzei and welcome Felice Lo BassoClaudio Sadler and Davide Degiovanni to the show.

CLAUDIO SADLER, 2 Michelin Stars, (Sadler, Milan): Date to be confirmed

Claudio Sadler has become a national treasure in the culinary scene for Italy but also has gained a loyal fan base in Japan and the USA. Since opening his first restaurant in 1982 in Pavia, he has travelled throughout Italy and spent 11 years in Milan, earning his two Michelin stars with his numerous projects; including the celebrated Osteria di Porta Cicco and became the president of the Milanese restaurateurs. One of the founding members of “Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe” group – Claudio has actively provided his services as a gastronomic consultant to numerous industries and regularly hosts cooking classes and valuable insight to promising and up-and-coming individuals. He will make his long-anticipated debut at Bellavita Expo London 2017.

FELICE LO BASSO, 1 Michelin Star (Felix Lo Basso, Milan): Date to be Confirmed

Felice Lo Basso was born in Molfetta on the southern shores of Italy, growing up with a fascination and later appreciation of the tastes and flavours surrounding the sea. Having studied both in Italy and abroad, Felice received his first Michelin star in 2011, based on his refined elegant dishes that exude research and creativity. Constantly experimenting with colours, his restaurant Felix Lo Basso pays homage to the traditional Italian produce; and he will bring some of this innovative flair to Bellavita London.

THEO RANDALL, 1 Michelin Star (Theo Randall at the InterContinental, London): Tuesday 20 June

Theo Randall spent nearly twenty years at The River Café, watching it flourish from an unknown to a national treasure at the heart of the River Thames. It was under his partnership and leadership as the head chef that bolstered the restaurant’s first Michelin star. In 2006, Theo decided to take the plunge, launching his first solo venture, Theo Randall at the InterContinental, which focuses on Theo’s growing love for Italian food and a further restaurant Theo’s Simple Italian in Kensington, launched in 2016, to further explore the relaxed relationship between good conversation and food. Having previously attended Bellavita Expo London in 2016, Theo looks to extend his relationship with artisan Italian producers at this year’s show.

FRANCESCO MAZZEI (Sartoria, London): Tuesday 20 June

Francesco Mazzei is arguably one of the most recognised faces of Italian cookery in the UK! Hailing from the tip of the Italian boot in Calabria, where he learnt the staples of classic cookery such as olive oil and fresh bread with his mother, Francesco was recognised by Angelo Sabetta who encouraged him to train formally as a chef. He opened his first restaurant at 18, which specialised in local and national fish dishes, before heading to Rome at The Grand Hotel, where he gained a desire to travel. He first worked in London at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair and at the respected Michelin-starred Eden Terrazza in Rome, increasingly valuing the individual flavour combinations that make Italian cuisine so sought after across the world. Francesco previously visited Bellavita Expo back in 2015 and will return this year with a range of exciting new insights and dishes for 2017! His latest restaurant Radici is due to launch in Islington this May.

DAVIDE DEGIOVANNI (Union Street Café, Gordon Ramsay Group, London): Monday 19 June

Davide Degiovanni was born and raised in Northern Italy, in the small village of Manta, not far from Alba. Having started at a trattoria aged 15, he studied at the Instituto Professionale Alberghiero in Mondovi and learnt about the subtle differences in world cuisine, as he travelled in search of flavours from Nice, Tenerife, Mallorca, Moscow and finally London. Although passionate about the traditional flavours in Italian cookery, he has thrived in the UK capital working for Stefano Cavallini at the Halkin Hotel. He then moved on to work for L’Escargot and was also sous chef at Ristorante Semplice where they won a Michelin Star. Davide went on to work at Michelin-starred Locanda Locatelli, and then Amaranto at the Four Seasons. He is now Head Chef at Union Street Café, working as part of the respected Gordon Ramsay Group. Davide’s love of authentic pasta and artisan Italian produce brings him to Bellavita Expo London in 2017 to discover and explore new taste combinations ready to be unleashed on the market.

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Be sure to keep up with the Bellavita Expo Newsletter and Magazine to find out more exclusive news, interviews, product overviews and much more. The full Agenda for Bellavita Expo London 2017 is due to be announced shortly.

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