All Star Line Up of Chefs Announced for London Show

Italy’s top chefs including Niko Romito (3 Michelin Stars), Giorgio Locatelli (Michelin Star), Claudio Sadler (2 Michelin Stars), Santoria’s Francesco Mazzei, Theo Randall (Michelin Star), Terry Giacomello  (Michelin Star), Felice Lo Basso (Michelin Star) and Gordon Ramsay’s Davide Degiovanni from Union Street Café will give live masterclasses at Bellavita London this June. Book your FREE ticket now and discover the very latest trends in Italian food.

NIKO ROMITO, 3 Michelin Stars, (Reale, Castel di Sangro, Aquila, Italy)

Since 2000, Niko Romito has been running the restaurant Reale with his sister, Cristiana. A self-taught chef, deeply attached to his native Abruzzo, in just 7 years he has earned three Michelin stars. He began in the town of Rivisondoli, in the bakery that his family had turned into a trattoria, and in 2011 he moved Reale to Casadonna, a 16th-century former monastery in Castel di Sangro. Through relentless research and a strong entrepreneurial drive, Romito pursued a path of essentiality, balance and taste. In a short time he has been able to create an incisive and personal culinary language, along with a complex system that perfectly combines haute cuisine, various catering formats, top-level training and products for home consumption.Three Michelin stars and countless distinctions for the restaurant of Cristiana and Niko Romito. A genuine ‘laboratory’, where materials, research, simplicity and taste dialogue with one another to bring the Italian cuisine of tomorrow to life.

GIORGIO LOCATELLI, 1 Michelin Star (Locanda Locatelli, London)

Born into a cooking dynasty in Corgeno on the shores of Lake Comabbio in Northern Italy, Giorgio Locatelli is considered by many to be one of the finest Italian chefs in the UK and the world. At Locanda Locatelli, Giorgio serves traditional Italian dishes, emphasising the quality and freshness of the produce as well as adding his own creative touch.

Giorgio’s background shaped the attitudes that remain part of his distinctive character today – but, keen to test his knowledge and explore the world, he came to London to serve a 4½ year apprenticeship with Anton Edelmann’s brilliant, Escoffier-inspired cuisine at The Savoy. Three years in Paris – at Laurent and La Tour d’Argent – were followed by a period of travel and then return to London. In 1995 a new restaurant, Zafferano, opened in Belgravia and Giorgio Locatelli was the head chef who led the restaurant to its, and his own, first Michelin star in just four years.

In 2002 Giorgio and his wife Plaxy opened Locanda Locatelli. Now as chef-patron, Giorgio has established Locanda Locatelli as a place noted as much for its intimacy and family atmosphere as the quality of its food. The next year Giorgio won his Michelin star on home ground, an honour he has retained every year since. In October 2016, Giorgio was awarded the Commendatore OMRI by Italian Ambassador Terracciano for services to Italian gastronomy, the equivalent of a British knighthood.

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.

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.

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.

TERRY GIACOMELLO, 1 Michelin Star (Inkiostro, Parma, Italy)

Inkiostro was born from the professional meeting of Francesca Poli and Terry Giacomello and has become a blend of creativity and continuity. The Chef has worked in the most important kitchens in the world and creates top fine dishes, where the selection of an excellent raw material is combined with avant-garde techniques.

Since September 2015, Giacomello has settled down in the kitchen, chose a brigade almost from scratch and set up a new course, characterised by technique and great ingredients, discovered here and there during all his work experiences in Europe. The most famous, collaborative, with Ferran Adrià from El Bulli, for three years, but his c.v. It is composed of other high names: Mugaritz, Noma, Miramar.

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.

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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