Thursday, July 15, 2010

Giorgio Locatelli is considered by many to be one of the best Italian chefs in the world. Giorgio serves traditional Italian dishes, emphasizing the quality and freshness of the produce, as well as adding his own personal creative touch. His restaurant, Locanda Locatelli has won a Michelin star which has been retained ever since.

Giorgio was brought up on the banks of Lake Maggiore, Italy, in a village called Corgeno. His uncle ran a restaurant, giving him an appreciation and understanding of food from an early age. After working for a short spell in local restaurants in North Italy and Switzerland, Giorgio moved to England in 1986 to join the kitchens of Anton Edelmann at The Savoy. Four years later, Giorgio moved to Paris and worked at Restaurant Laurent and La Tour D’Argent. On his return to London a couple of years later, Giorgio became head chef at Olivo before opening Zafferano in February 1995.

Giorgio’s cooking at Zafferano quickly became the toast of London. His culinary talents have earned him an enviable international reputation as well as a whole host of accolades including ‘Best Italian Restaurant’ at the London Carlton Restaurant Awards for two consecutive years and his first Michelin star in 1999. The essence of his cooking is to highlight the natural flavors of quality produce, much of which he imports directly from Italy. He opened his second restaurant, Spighetta in July 1997 and its sister restaurant Spiga in March 2009. Both received critical acclaim for offering great Italian food.

In 2002, on the 14th of February, Giorgio and his wife Plaxy, opened his first independent restaurant, Locanda Locatelli. The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star in 2003, which has been retained in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Above: Giorgio Locatelli's Locanda Locatelli, London

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