Gennaro Contaldo

Our latest guest on Grilling is a larger than life Italian, who has been a key player in bringing his native cuisine to British shores over recent decades. Born and raised on the Amalfi coast, Gennaro Contaldo started helping out in restaurants as a young boy, before moving to the UK in the late 60s. Initially, he worked in a fish and chip shop and then various London restaurants - including Antonio Carluccio’s restaurant on Neal Street. It was there he met Jamie Oliver, his protege, famously teaching him everything he knows about Italian cooking. Here we find out about chasing chickens, his loathing of bad British carbonara, foraging for mushrooms, and his profoundly significant relationships with Antonio and Jamie.

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