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About Gennaro

‘The man cooks like an angel and no ordinary angel’
Matthew Norman, Sunday Telegraph

about gennaroGennaro Contaldo is one of the most respected chefs in London as well as a renowned personality in his own right. He is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking.
Born in Minori on the Amalfi Coast, Gennaro’s quintessentially Italian spirit and positive nature has made him a TV favourite. He regularly appears as the Italian food expert on ‘Richard and Judy’, and as a top chef on ‘BBC Breakfast’, ‘Saturday Kitchen’ and ‘Good Food Live’. He has also appeared on numerous Jamie Oliver shows on UK TV and America’s famous ‘The Iron Chef’.

Gennaro has worked in some of London’s most popular restaurants, such as Antonio Carluccio’s ‘Neal Street Restaurant’. In 1999 he opened his own restaurant ‘passione’ in Charlotte Street, London, which was awarded Best Italian restaurant in 2005.



gennarao contaldoHis first cookbook, Passione, published by Headline in 2003 won Best Italian Cook Book 2003’, at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards and was short listed for the André Simon Award. His second book, Gennaro’s Italian Year, also published by Headline in 2006, has been a huge success and third book published in 2008, Gennaro’s Italian Home Cooking. He has recently finished another book, Gennaro’s Easy Italian which will be published in February 2010.

Gennaro is currently involved in Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian which is opening nationwide. Gennaro is in charge of creating the menu and training new chefs. The successful restaurant chain has opened up branches in Oxford, Bath, Brighton, Kingston-u-Thames, Guildford, Canary Wharf, Cardiff with plans for many more openings.