Francesco Mazzei

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Francesco Mazzei
Born (1973-10-24) October 24, 1973 (age 49)
Cerchiara di Calabria, Italy
AwardsOMRI (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic)

Chef Francesco Mazzei is a Calabrian born chef raised with a passion for food, often in the family kitchen baking bread and making pasta with his nonna and mamma. Francesco had his first taste of the professional kitchen working in his uncle’s Gelateria where he had mastered Italian cakes and gelato by the age of nine. It was at the age of fourteen where his natural talent was recognised by renowned Italian chef, Angelo Sabetto, who encouraged Francesco’s journey into becoming a chef himself.[1]

After having attended catering college in Calabria, Francesco moved to Rome in 1992 where he worked in the Grand Hotel until 1996 as a Sous Chef. Then moving to The Dorchester in Mayfair, London, cooking under Willi Elsener and Henri Brosi for 4 years as Executive Sous Chef. Following his time in London, Mazzei returned to Rome to work at the Michelin-starred Eden Terazza, where he was Sous Chef for 1 year in 2001. He then moved on to open restaurants worldwide, between 2004 – 2007 including the Santini Restaurants in London, Edinburgh, and Milan, Anda with Alan Yau on Baker Street, Hakkasan (Istanbul and Miami), and Yauatcha. In 2006/7, Franco’s on Jermyn Street and Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s St Alban in 2007/8.

L’Anima, Francesco’s first restaurant opened in London in 2008 (until 2015) with a menu inspired by traditional cooking from Calabria, Puglia, Sicily, and Sardinia. Francesco went on to release his first cookbook Mezzogiorno: Francesco Mazzei Recipes from Southern Italy and became a regular feature on BBC shows including Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef, The James Martin Show, and on the Italian edition of Hell’s Kitchen with Carlo Cracco.

In 2015, Francesco took up a position as Chef Patron at D&D’s Sartoria on Savile Rowe in Mayfair.[2] His restaurant Radici opened in 2017, showcasing simple Calabrian cooking in a relaxed and rustic Islington site. Francesco’s most recent opening (also in 2017), Fiume in Battersea, is inspired by southern Italian flavours from the coastal regions and islands off Italy including the Amalfi coast, Sardinia, and Sicily, the modern Italian restaurant overlooks the Thames.[3]

Whilst managing his 3 restaurants, Francesco actively promotes the cuisine and culture of Southern Italy by collaborating with the Calabria region as well as other notable Italian brands such as Maserati, Grana Padano, and Ondine.[4]

In 2019 the President Sergio Mattarella awarded him the OMRI (Order of Merit of the Italian Republic).


  • Saturday Morning with James Martin
  • Saturday Kitchen
  • Celebrity MasterChef[5]


  • Mezzogiorno: Francesco Mazzei Recipes from Southern Italy (2015)[6]


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  2. "Francesco Mazzei joins Mayfair's Sartoria restaurant as Chef Patron". Hot Dinners.
  3. "Francesco Mazzei". Evening Standard.
  4. "Francesco Mazzei".
  5. "BBC One - MasterChef, Series 14, Episode 16". BBC.
  6. "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)

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