Gennaro & Bertolli with Butter
‘The man cooks like an angel and no ordinary angel’
Matthew Norman, Sunday Telegraph
Gennaro 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 on Saturday Kitchen as well as his own TV show, the highly successful Two Greedy Italians, BBC2.
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.
His 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. He has since written many other books on Italian cooking. The latest published by Pavilion is Gennaro Slow Cook Italian.
Gennaro is currently involved in Jamie Oliver’s highly popular restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian, which includes over 50 branches nationally as well as opening internationally.
He has his own Food Tube channel online where you can see him cook delicious dishes.
Over the last year Gennaro has been working with Bertolli with Butter fronting a tv advert and creating a number of recipes that you can find here.
For the last two years he has also partnered with Italian holiday company Citalia. See some of the films he's done here.