Festa Italiana welcome Italian cookery icon Gennaro Contaldo to this year’s Festival 

The chef, TV star and award-winning author will perform a live cookery demo and Q&A.

By Steven Pankhurst | 15 March 2019

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Gennaro is an icon of Italian cuisine, widely known as the Italian luminary and mentor who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking, giving him one of his first jobs in London at Antonio Carluccio’s Neal Street Restaurant.

He has since published several successful cookery books and is still firm friends and a frequent collaborator with Jamie, most recently continuing to work with him as part of the ‘Jamie’s Italian’ restaurant brand.

His quintessentially Italian spirit and positive nature has made him a firm TV favourite. He regularly appears on Saturday Kitchen, as well as his own TV show, the highly successful Two Greedy Italians on BBC2. On Jamie Cooks Italy shown last year on Channel 4 he rode around his home country on a moped exploring the exquisite tastes of food paradise.

Born in Minori on the Amalfi Coast, Italian cookery is in Gennaro’s blood – he began helping in restaurant kitchens at the age of 8 and he is passionate about sharing Italian cuisine, culture and approach to life with British audiences.

Festa Italiana’s ambitions of providing a cultural exchange between the two countries makes this a fitting and exciting collaboration.

Attendees can expect a lively, vivacious demonstration from a true Italian legend – a chance to learn direct from one of the most passionate, revered and exciting voices in Italian cookery.

Gennaro will be demonstrating how to make his fresh pasta with summer tomato sauce and will be answering questions from the audience.  Afterwards he will also be signing copies of books, available through Waterstones.

The event is free and seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis – so cookery fans are advised to arrive early to get at seat!

Image credit: www.simonburtphotography.co.uk


Gennaro Contaldo at Festa Italiana 2019

Venue: Cathedral Gardens
Date: Saturday 27th July
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: Free to attend