At London’s Locanda Locatelli, Giorgio serves traditional Italian dishes emphasizing the quality and freshness of the produce, as well as adding his own personal creative touch. Locanda Locatelli is one of the most sought-after restaurants in London and won a Michelin star in 2003 (his second), which has been retained since.
Giorgio was brought up on the banks of Lake Maggiore, Italy, in a village called Corgeno. His family ran a Michelin-starred 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, he moved to England in 1986 to join the kitchens of Anton Edelmann at The Savoy. Four years later he crossed the channel to Paris and worked at Restaurant Laurent and La Tour D’Argent. On his return to London a couple of years later, he became head chef at Olivo, in Eccleston Street, before opening Zafferano in February 1995.
He is best known for his quirky presentations on BBC Food TV programmes where he conjures up Italian dishes for a chosen guest, often a chef or food icon. He uses fresh seasonal ingredients, prepares them with ease but not haste and the results always look irresistible. Simplicity may be key in Georgio Locatelli’s cooking but the results are far from ordinary.
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