Antonio Carluccio, the much loved & respected Italian cookery writer, has celebrated over 50 years of cooking and eating genuine, regional Italian food & wine. Expert in Italian gastronomy Antonio has been refining our palettes with divine cuisine for over two centuries. Antonio is a sought after keynote speaker on the corporate circuit, regularly sharing his success story and delicious pasta with his audiences.
For decades Antonio Carluccio OBE, OMRI, has brought genuine, local and delicious Italian food and wine to the UK, through his restaurants and TV appearances. Known for his gentle manner, gruff voice and his wild crop of white hair, Antonio, the Godfather of Italian gastronomy joins the corporate circuit for keynote speaking, after dinner speaking or teambuilding workshops.
Born in Salerno in Italy, Antonio’s father was the railway station master, and Antonio spent much of his childhood hunting for food, where his passion for foraging for wild mushrooms was nurtured in the hills around his home. He joined the Navy and then worked as a correspondent for La Stampa in Turin and then with Olivetti. His move to Vienna, bestowed the young adventurer with an intimate knowledge of café culture, and when he moved to Germany he became a wine merchant, which was the job that brought him to London.
He took over the Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden in 1981, and spent 26 years building its reputation for exquisite food and refined service, as well as opening a deli next door. In 1998 the first Carluccio's Caffè opened and soon became a luxury high street chain. As Antonia built his empire, his brand became a household name.
Giving up his directorship, Antonio still works with the team on chef training and menu development.
Antonio was not only spreading the word about his brand, but also making TV appearances and writing books, starting with an Invitation to Italian Cooking, which became the first of twelve books, published and sold extensively all over the world. He has now published over twenty individually crafted cookery books.
Commemorated for his services to cooking, Anton was awarded the Commendatore OMRI, which is the equivalent to a British Knighthood, and in 2007 he was awarded an honorary OBE.
Appearing on Saturday Morning Kitchen, Market Kitchen and the BBC on numerous occasions for various food and drink programmes, such as BBC Food and Drink.
Also very popular on the other side of the world, Antonio filmed a six-part series in Australia learning about indigenous history, encompassing everything from food to culture. He has also been involved in MasterChef Australia and numerous global food and literature festivals all over the world.
The pinnacle of Antonio’s TV career came in the series Two Greedy Italians which filmed his travels around Italy. The brand ambassador for Cirio, the iconic Italian tomato brand, Antonio continues to remain the ultimate authority on Italian cooking.
Antonio is the perfect host for corporate cookery teambuilding events and as a keynote speaker. He is an excellent and humorous anecdotal after dinner speaker.