the sicilian chef in london

I was born on the beautiful island of Sicily and since I was a boy I have had a passion for foodthe sicilian chef in london

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Enzo Oliveri

Enzo Oliveri’s passion for cooking began at the tender age of six after watching pastry chefs at work in his native Sicily. As a teenager, he worked in a prestigious Palermo hotel and continued his ascent from there, eventually heading to Belgium to fulfill his ambition of becoming a world renowned chef.

By 1979, Oliveri was in London, working and studying catering at Westminster College. Following this stint, he headed to Germany, where he mastered the language in only three months. This lead to a managerial role in a Munich restaurant.

At 23 he returned to Sicily and openend his own jewel of a restaurant in the picturesque town of Cefalu’ on the island’s northern coast. Gordon Ramsey apparently asked him why on earth he’d sold it during the filming of a TV programme.
With his English wife, Oliveri eventually returned to London, where he successfully weathered the 2008 recession and made a name for himself, managing to open a series of restaurants as well as a cookery school in Bromley. He continues to appear in TV shows including with Aldo Zilli.
Oliveri has spent the last 20 years in the UK. His newest restaurant in Piccadilly is called Tasting Sicily Enzo’s Kitchen, and specialises in typical Sicilian cuisine with an emphasis on recipes as described by author Andrea Camilleri in his novels and TV adaptations of the Montalbano series: arancini, pasta with anchovies and cannoli.
Oliveri says: “Authentic Italian cuisine is regional. I was born on the beautiful island of Sicily and I have had a passion for food since I was a child”.
At “Tasting Sicily Enzo’s Kitchen” his signature dish is “Casarecce with pistacchio pesto and guanciale di Suino nero dei Nebrodi” which is short pasta with pistacchio pesto and black pig guanciale (cheek)
from the Nebrodi mountains.
The UK delegation of the Federation of Italian Chefs Federazione Italiana Cuochi elected him as 2017-18 president. The Oliveri project also includes cookery lessons and demonstrations, team building events, and cultural events connected to arts and fashion.
His specific focus is on education: next year he’ll be a judge at the “World International Young Chef Olympiad 2018” in India; last year he attended as a mentor for the Italian student Luigi Amaduzzi.
Oliveri is patron chef at Bromley College of Hospitality, and he teaches occasional sessions at West London University. He is also one of the official chefs for Italy’s national cycling team (nazionale italiana di ciclismo). Oliveri is well known for his TV cooking programmes: with Michael Roux in the UK and in Sicily with Aldo Zilli, Gordon Ramsay and Paul Hollywood.
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