Enzo Neri

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Enzo Neri
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Born (1971-10-08) October 8, 1971 (age 51)
Citta di Castello Umbria Italy
EducationInformation Technologies
Alma materCulinary school Bufalini
Universita' dei Sapori di Perugia
OccupationBrand Chef
Years active2001-present
Known forContemporary cuisine
Parent(s)Giuseppe Neri
Maria Gabriella Spadoni

Enzo Neri Umbrian by birth, is an Italian Brand Chef [1], restaurateur, philanthropist[2] and designer based in the Republic of Georgia Tbilisi, with a wide experience abroad including London, Dubai and New York.

Early years

Enzo Neri was born in 1971 in Citta' di Castello in the Province of Perugia. After his studying and experience in Information Technologies, at 29 he went back to college to study at the culinary school Bufalini [3] [4] and Universita' dei Sapori di Perugia. Chef Enzo's culinary life starts at the prestigious Michelin Starred restaurant Il Postale, in his hometown, under the guidance of his mentor patron, Chef Marco Bistarelli.

London (2003-2008)

Enzo Neri moved to London in 2003 working with Vasco Matteucci at Vasco & Piero Pavilion in Poland street and then with Carlo Caldesi in Marylebone. New experience brought him, as Head Chef, to the Kings Arms, a Botique Hotel in the Cotswolds region where he gained one AA Rosette award for the quality of food served by the restaurant. His further short experience was with Fabio Trabocchi at Maestro restaurant at Ritz Carlton in Washington DC and at Citra in Madrid with Elias Murciano. Neri returned to London in 2007 as Head Chef at Pappagallo Restaurant in Mayfair. After a sharp downturn in business following the financial crisis of 2008, Enzo moved to Dubai.

Dubai (2009-2011)

In 2009 Enzo developed Rococo, the Sofitel Hotel Jumeirah Beach signature restaurant for Accor Group. Rococo opened to mixed reviews, but soon earned its place among the city's best Italian restaurants acclaimed by many magazines such The National [5], BBC Good Food ME, Time Out Dubai, Hotelier [6] and What's On.[7] Further in Dudai Neri relaunched the former Al Shalal Beach Club as the new Riva Beach Club on The Shorline Building 8 on Palm Jumeirah within the Awarded organic cafe Sophie's, for Whissle company.

New York (2011-2017)

In 2011 Enzo moved to New York and start managing the Italian restaurant Broken English in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn [8]. In 2014 he became the Executive Chef for the International Obica group. Part of the pre-opening team, Enzo developed the new menu concept for Obica[9]. Flariton[10] in Manhattan. He was also reviewed in The New York Times[11] and New York Daily News.[12] In 2015, for the next two years, Chef Enzo led Gradisca restaurant in West Village [13]. During this time he competed on Chopped Tv Series for Food Network. he also has been recognized 100% Italian chef for After an experience as a private Chef for a well known businessman Ronald Perelman, Chef Enzo moved to Tbilisi, capital of Republic of Georgia.

Georgia (2017-Present)

In 2017, entering the hospitality business in Georgia, Neri opened La Boheme,[14] the mediterranean restaurant in the center of the Capital.[15] La Boheme gained high rate with Gault Millau [16] restaurant guide and earned first place on trip advisor for 9 months consecutive. During this time Neri became popular for his tribute to Georgian cuisine, inventing the famous Chocolate Khinkali.[17] From December 2017 till spring 2019 he worked as Chef Consultant for Radisson Group, developing menus for Filini & Terrace and newly opened seafood restaurant Andropo's Ears. Today, while is branding Dinehall and Downtown in Tbilisi [18]. Chef Enzo is opening in partnership with George Piradashvili, a new courtyard restaurant inside the prestigious Chateau Mere in Kakheti, in the heart of the wine region of Georgia.

Consulting and other works

  • Sheer Restaurant in Philipsburg, Sint Marteen 2009
  • Bellagio Restaurant in Almaty, Kazakhstan 2012
  • Cicchetteria in Limassol, Cyprus 2014
  • Chef Ambassador for Geofoods Italian Truffles, Italy 2014
  • Lecturer Chef of “New Trends in Hospitality Industry” at RestoPraktiki food convention, Kiev 2017
  • Bioli Medical Wellness Resort in Kojori, Georgia 2018
  • Master class & Gala Dinner for journalists, UE-Funded Media Tour for EVET Georgia Program 2018
  • Brand Chef and Ambassador for Food.Social - iPhone & Androids App: Connecting people through food 2018[19]
  • Mudra Art Cuisine in Kotor Bay, Montenegro 2019.[20]

Television and Media

  • More than 40 publications from BBC Good Food, Time Out, Whats On, Spinney's, Men, The Mag, La Stampa, New York Times, Hotelier, Huffington Post, Daily News, La Nazione, The National, City Magazine, Rutage London, Ok Magazine, In Love NY, Georgia Today, Russian Emirates, Georgian Journal,[21] Forbes, CulinArt, Il Giorno (newspaper) and many others.
  • Guest Chef at Studio One (Emirati TV program) - Dubai One TV 2010/2012
  • Toni ON New York, CBS TV, USA 2015
  • Food Network Chopped (TV series) 2016 Season 30
  • Guest Chef at Rustavi 2 and Pirveli Television, Georgia 2015/2017/2018
  • Guest Business Media Georgia: "Italian Chef starts new business in Georgia"[22]
  • Chocolate Khinkali - ImediTv 2018[23]
  • Winner of Influencer • ინფლუენსერი TV Show Georgia, October 2019


  • AA Rosette Star The King's Arms Hotel, UK 2005
  • Nominated Best Italian Restaurant "Whats On" with Rococo, Dubai 2010
  • Nominated Best Italian Chef Hotelier ME 2011
  • Seal of quality Award by Italian Chamber of Commerce Dubai 2010 and NYC 2012
  • Winner Best Gastro Café "What’s On Awards" with Sophie's, Dubai 2012
  • 100% Italian recognition by I Love Italian Food, NY 2015 [24]
  • Recognition to career “Scuola Bufalini”, Italy 2018 [25]
  • Gault Millau Recognition for La Boheme restaurant, Tbilisi 2018
  • Best Restaurant 2018 Gault & Millau Recognition for Andropov's Ears La Boheme, Tbilisi 2018

In the media


External links


  1. Jones, Amy [Tbilisi, July 2019] Italian Chef Enzo Neri - Restaurateur, Philanthropist, Designer. Publisher: Georgia Today
  2. [Tbilisi, June 2019] გაიცანით იტალიელი ქველმოქმედი შეფმზარეული. Publisher: Imedi TV
  3. [Città di Castello, May 2018]Lo chef internazionale Enzo Neri è tornato a Città di Castello per una lezione dietro ai fornelli. Publisher: Tevere Tv
  4. [Città di Castello, May 2018]ENZO NERI: LA CUCINA FRA ARTE E SCIENZA. Publisher: Scuola Bufalini
  5. [Dudai, April 2010]. Rococo: an experimental experience. Publisher: The National
  6. Barda, Tabitha [Dubai, April 2011]. There is "ignorance" about "authentic" cuisine. Publisher: Caterer Middle East
  7. [Dubai, May 2010]. Rococo at Sofitel's new signature restaurant chef de cuisine Enzo Neri is determined to broaden your perception of Italian food. Publisher: What's On
  8. Ofarrell, Breon [Città di Castello, December 2012]. Chef Enzo Neri – Città di Castello, New York, Dubai. Publisher: The Mag
  9. Ferst, Devra [New York, July 2014]New Mozzarella Bar Obicá Floods Before it Even Opens. Publisher: Eater
  10. Pace, Gina [New York, July 2014]Obicá restaurant evacuates when fire alarm triggers sprinkler flooding prior to official opening. Publisher: Daily News
  11. Chang W. Lee [New York, July 2014] To Dine: An Exchange of Letters Produces Obicà. Publisher: The New York Times
  12. Sagner, Stan [New York, September 2014] Obicà shines its light on pristine ingredients imported from Italy, like its stellar mozzarella. Publisher: Daily News
  13. Costa, Riccardo [New York, Feb 2015] At a Chef's Table: Enzo Neri from Gradisca. Publisher: Honest Coocking
  14. Gugunishvili, Nino [Tbilisi, December 2017] La Bohème: The Best of Contemporary Mediterranean Cuisine Brought to Tbilisi Publisher: Georgia Today
  15. Snip, Inge [Tbilisi, January 2018] Chef-For-Celebrities-Inspires-With-Fusion-Delicateses Chef For Celebrities Inspires With Fusion Delicateses. Publisher: Forbes
  16. Khoperia, Eka [Tbilisi, September 2018]Gault&Milau Chef Enzo Neri. Publisher: City Magazine
  17. Chigladze, Lika [Tbilisi, December 2017].Renowned-Italian-Chef-Presents-Chocolate-Khinkali Chocolate Khinkali: Italian Chef’s extraordinary version of Georgian. Publisher: Georgia Today
  18. Arabidze, Ana [Tbilisi, February 2020] შეხვედრის მთავარი ადგილი Downtown. Publisher: City Magazine
  19. Galliani, Paolo [Milano, October 2018]Indovina che chef c’è a cena (con l’app). Publisher: Il Giorno Today
  20. [Kotor, June 2019]Passion is the key of every success. Publisher: CorD
  21. [Lika Chigladze, Tbilisi 2017] Chocolate Khinkali: Italian Chef’s extraordinary version of Georgian dumpling. Publisher Georgian Journal
  22. [Tbilisi, July 2017] იტალიელი შეფ-მზარეული საქართველოში ბიზნესს იწყებს. Publisher: BM.ge
  23. [Tbilisi, February 2018] ქართველ ქალზე შეყვარებული იტალიელი კულინარის რეცეპტები "იმედის დილაში". Publisher Imedi TV
  24. [New York 2015] I Love Italian Food
  25. [Città di Castello, May 2018]Enzo Neri chef di fama internazionale torna fra i fornelli e la cucina del centro di formazione dove e’ cresciuto – una dimostrazione in diretta fra arte e scienza. Publisher: Primo Piano

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