Gennaro Contaldo is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking and is one of the UK’s best-loved chefs, as well as being author of a dozen best-selling Italian recipe books.
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.
“The man cooks like an angel — and no ordinary angel’.”
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’s Italian Bakery. We’re also delighted to announce that a new edition of Gennaro’s first recipe book, ‘Passione: The Classic Italian Cookbook’ is now available to pre-order on Amazon
Gennaro is currently involved in Jamie Oliver’s highly popular restaurant chain, Jamie’s Italian, which has more than 60 branches internationally.
Gennaro creates recipes in partnership with Bertolli with Butter and Italian holiday company Citalia, helping to promote the best of Italian food and travel to his beloved Italy.