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Arnolfo Ristorante.

Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux in the country. Italy,Colle di Val d’Elsa Siena

Gaetano Trovato

Chef
Arnolfo Ristorante Colle di Val d’Elsa Siena I-53034

Family tradition taught me a love of fine ingredients and a respect for good quality. At home every day proceeded to the rhythm of the kitchens which operated all day long, almost like a ritual.

As an adolescent, I developed a love for fine cuisine, blends of different flavours, contrasting tastes and unusual pairings: sweet, savoury, bitter and sour.

I became a chef out of passion. I had a talent for it and a desire to be creative and was entranced by the idea of working with ingredients much like a real architect works with materials.

I started my career as an apprentice in Saint-Moritz, and then, under the supervision of the great chef Angelo Paracucchi, in Ameglia, I learnt how to bring taste to life.
It was later at Le Moulin de Mougins with Roger Vergé and in Paris working with Gaston Lenôtre that I gently found my place in life and my vocation.

Since 1982, I have been at Arnolfo, the family restaurant where I create contemporary cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean.


What was your most moving culinary experience?
The first major experiences of my life: the opportunity to savour the superb light dishes of Bernard Loiseau, the vibrantly flavoured cuisine of Alain Chapel and the memorable VGE truffle soup by Paul Bocuse.

The most amusing kitchen incident you ever witnessed?
A table of six people were waiting for their meal when it all fell to the ground on the way out of the kitchen. It was all hands on board to make all their dishes again, all the while apologising for the delay.

Your best piece of advice for amateur chefs?
Give of your best and you will reap the rewards!