Aldo Zilli is an award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur who specializes in Italian, vegetarian and seafood cuisine. As one of nine children he was born in the coastal town of Alba Adriatica in the central region of Abruzzo and learned Italian home cooking first from his mother, then from the catering college. He was the founder and head chef at some of the most exciting and innovative restaurants in London: Signor Zilli, Zilli Green, Zilli Cafe and Zilli Bar. His Italian seafood restaurant, Zilli Fish, was a Soho institution and was open for over 15 years in March 2012 when Aldo decided hanging up his chef’s whites and doing other business. He is currently the chief advisor to the San Carlo Restaurant Group.
Aldo has written 10 books including two autobiographies, Being Zilli and My Italian Country Childhood, as well as a number of cookbooks. Because of his cooking skills and exuberant personality, Aldo appears regularly on television and radio, both as a presenter and as a cook.
A proud Yorkshireman with Italian heritage, Joe Hurd’s interest in cooking was inspired by these influences from day one. Joe’s cooking style is straightforward, approachable and always tasty. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of traditional Italian recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques with home cooks.
As a chef, Joe has worked with Jamie Oliver, Gennaro Contaldo and the late, great Antonio Carluccio. Joe is also a regular guest presenter on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and makes frequent appearances at festivals and events across the UK.
Tickets for the event are free and can be booked here. VIP tickets can also be purchased. Each entitles the buyer to a selection of Italian luxury products and other goodies, including an annual subscription to National Geographic Traveler Magazine, an exclusive interactive Q&A session with Aldo Zilli, and a bottle of Italian wine.