Giorgio Locatelli

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Giorgio Locatelli
Locatelli, Waterstones, Piccadilly, London, December 2018
Born (1963-04-06) 6 April 1963 (age 60)
Corgeno, Lombardy, Italy
Culinary career
Cooking styleItalian
Current restaurant(s)
Previous restaurant(s)
Television show(s)

Giorgio Locatelli (born 6 April 1963) is an Italian Michelin starred chef and restaurateur working and living in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Locatelli was brought up in Corgeno in the comune of Vergiate on the banks of Lake Comabbio, northern Italy. His uncle ran a restaurant, giving him an appreciation and understanding of food from an early age.[1][2] After working for a short spell in local restaurants in Italy and Switzerland, Locatelli went to England in 1986 to join the kitchens of Anton Edelmann at The Savoy. In 1990, Locatelli moved to Paris and worked at Restaurant Laurent and La Tour d'Argent. Locatelli was in the army in his youth.[3]


On his return to London a couple of years later, Locatelli opened Olivo Restaurant, Eccleston Street, before opening Zafferano in February 1995.[4]

They won "Best Italian Restaurant" at the London Carlton Restaurant Awards for two consecutive years and their first Michelin star in 1999.[5]

In February 2002, Locatelli and his wife Plaxy opened their first independent restaurant, Locanda Locatelli, on Seymour Street. The restaurant, which serves traditional Italian dishes, was awarded a Michelin star in 2003, which has been retained every year since.

Locatelli has been featured in several TV series: Pure Italian, 2002, aired on the UK Food channel; Tony and Giorgio, filmed with entrepreneur Tony Allan, shown on BBC2; and Sicily Unpacked Italy Unpacked with art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon.[citation needed]

The Big Family Cooking Showdown was also on the BBC with Locatelli as a judge with Rosemary Shrager. The hosts were Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain.

He has written three culinary books. Made in Italy, was published in September 2006.[6] Made in Italy has received the Best Food Book award at the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Awards 2007. A second book, Made in Sicily, was published in September 2011. Made at Home was published by 4th Estate in 2017.[citation needed]

In January 2019, he became a judge of MasterChef Italia. In May of the same year, he was a guest on the Italian talk show EPCC (E poi c'è Cattelan) hosted by Alessandro Cattelan. There he announced he would be coming back as judge also for the ninth season of MasterChef Italia. He also revealed he feels more British than Italian, having spent so many years in London.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Locatelli lives with his English wife Plaxy and their two children, Margherita and Jack, in Camden, London.[8]


  1. ^ Giorgio Locatelli: Made in Italy
  2. ^ LOCATELLI, GIORGIO (2022). Made in Italy: food and stories. [S.l.]: FOURTH ESTATE LTD. ISBN 9780008548346.
  3. ^ "BBC Two - Sicily Unpacked, Episode 1". BBC.
  4. ^ Franco Milazzo (24 November 2011). "Chefspective: Giorgio Locatelli, Refettorio". Londonist.
  5. ^ "Giorgio Locatelli". The Caterer. May 12, 2005.
  6. ^ "Resthof". Archived from the original on 2009-08-30.
  7. ^ "GIORGIO LOCATELLI/ Video: "Mi sento più inglese che italiano!" (EPCC)". (in Italian). 2019-05-09. Retrieved 2020-02-17.
  8. ^ "I went white overnight: Giorgio Locatelli on the gas explosion that". Evening Standard. 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2020-02-17.

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