Chef. Gianfranco Chiarini.
Is an Italian celebrity and Michelin starred chef from Ferrara, Italy. Chiarini's culinary style is Italian nouvelle fusion cuisine. His career has included work in Michelin restaurants, cruise lines and deluxe hotels as well as consultancy, food engineering and research and development (R&D). Born in January 8th 1966 in Ferrara, Italy. Chef Gianfranco Chiarini, comes from Colombo-Italian origins, and at an early age was exposed to a multicultural environment. Growing up between (Ferrara - Italy), (Caracas - Venezuela) and (New York City - U.S.A).
Early Cooking Career:
In 1986, the young Chiarini enrolled in the Instituto de Alta Gastronomia de Caracas, Venezuela, which has been closed due to political unbalances in this country. During this time Chiarini studied and worked in several restaurants, and found his passion for cooking would develop into becoming his one true profession.
Back to the United States where he enrolled at the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute, a branch of the Culinary Institute of America and the world renowned, Le Cordon Bleu. There again his life was spent between his practical experience in restaurants and his culinary studies. After completing his degree at the Pittsburgh Culinary Institute, he moved to France where he was thrust into the heart of the most competitive culinary region of the world. But, Chiarini’s ability to multi-task his time, learn and absorb at an extreme fast pace, and ambitious spirit led him to enroll at Le Cordon Bleu one of the most ambitious and prestigious culinary schools in Europe and the world.
While at Le Cordon Bleu he worked under masters like Alain Dutournier chef/owner of Carre des Feuillants (**Michelin_stars), and later while in Rome, Italy working under the enigmatic Executive Chef Heinz Beck at La Pergola (***Michelin stars), and in Ferrara, Italy working for top-level restaurants such as, Antichi Sapori and Hostaria Savonarola as a sous chef. Moving became again imminent, when The Pirsch Mühle (*Michelin star), restaurant in Germany offered him the opportunity to run the kitchen along with the Executive Chef.
Beginning the new millennium chef Chiarini decided to have a new challenge in his learning, and teaching process. He moved to the Middle East, starting with Intercontinental hotels in Oman. During this period dedicated part of his time also to the consultancy business for Al Bustan Palace and Shangri-La Hotels. Later he moved to Bahrain, and developed culinary concepts for Mövenpick and Marriott.
His next target was Kuwait, where he fully engaged his culinary career as chef with Marriott Hotels. There he was in charge of Marriott’s flagship property Courtyard Deluxe Edition. He developed, and brought to the next level the signature and deluxe Nord-Italian specialties restaurant “Il Forno”. While at Marriott he established two renowned “Chaine des Rotisseurs”. In Kuwait Chiarini developed a close relationship with the late Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, where he created exotic dinners for the family. There he became widely known as a celebrity TV chef, with the broadcasting channel Aljazeera. Chiarini starred in more than 50 cooking shows, where he featured and introduced a more personal level of the true European culinary cuisine to the Persian Gulf, Middle East and North African regions. Currently, Kuwait still remains his most beloved country in the Gulf.
Chiarini continued his culinary journey adding Spain, U.K and Ireland to his European repertoire as well as Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. In Africa chef Chiarini worked for the Starwood hotels chain, in one the most luxurious and posh properties in Eastern Africa; the Sheraton Addis the Luxury Collection of Starwood hotels. Ethiopia is well known for being the diplomatic capital of Africa, and in this setting it was unavoidable that chef Chiarini would cross paths with some of the most prominent local and international politicians of this century.
He served personalities like; the 39th President of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter and the first lady Rosalynn Carter, the president of Israel Shimon Peres, the Presidents of the (AU) African Union, including the Ex Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
His time spent in Asia inspired him to travel throughout the continent immersing him in the food, and absorbing the culture giving him a great appreciation and deep understanding of the Asian culture. Countries like China, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines have been a great source of culinary knowledge and amazing experience for the chef.
In Australia, New Zealand and Oceania the chef has expanded tremendously and unexpectedly, since his first book’s impact on this continent; where chef Chiarini’s The Emerald Book, achieved first place in conjunction with the current culinary cook book from "Noma" (best restaurant of the world). In Australia the impact has been seen, as this continent’s need and appreciation for Italian top culinary artistry. The renowned food, wine and travel authority Visitvineyards.com placed the chef’s "Emerald" book at first place for the best top twelve, and most beautiful culinary books for the 2010/2011 year.
In January 2011, Chiarini was featured as Star chef in the jet set magazine 8 (Thamāniya), from Saudi Arabia. This magazine is the exclusive property of Princess Amira al-Taweel and the Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Additionally, the chef has been featured as a celebrity chef for his activities in the Middle East and his books “The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine Collection”. The books are a tribute to the ebb and flow of culinary influences between Italy and the rest of the world. Chef Gianfranco is proud to present the new classics of Italian cuisine, as Chiarini has noticed how Italian food has enjoyed a great deal of popularity throughout the years, but recently has stagnated.
In February 2011, Chef Gianfranco has been honored with his inclusion in Wikipedia the free world encyclopedia, for his accomplishments and contributions to the culinary arts in six continents and around the globe. Chef. Gianfranco Chiarini also speaks 7 languages, and has already published the first and second edition cookbooks of a unique trilogy. A beautiful compilation of great masterpieces, created with care by the chef gathering influences and a fusion of cultures from around the world, having as a base Italian Cuisine.
The books are a perfect balance like all his dishes are, of history, techniques, colors, flavors, sensations and textures; mixing as well Classic Italian Michelin Cuisine with Modern Fusions, old basic techniques with modern cutting edge tools and equipment. And all as a result of his journeys and culinary adventures in all the continents of the world.
Some of Chef. Gianfranco's latest and diverse public appearances includes:
Aug/2001 - Chosen by Il Comune di Ferrara (City hall of Ferrara) as the Chef in charge to design, create, and execute the buffets and culinary proposals in the venue that hosted the acclaimed Buskers Festival held annually in the city of Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna - Italy.
Mar/2005 - Chosen by Marriott as the Chef in charge to design, create, and execute a 5-course Michelin gala dinner in the venue that hosted the acclaimed culinary organization Chaine Des Rotisseurs, @ The Arraya Ballroom in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Link: http://tinyurl.com/cdulubq
Feb/2006 - Chosen by Aljazeera Network as the most important Celebrity and TV Chef for the regional and multinational broadcasting. His cooking shows where featured all over the Middle East, Gulf countries and North African Arabic speaking countries. Link: http://tinyurl.com/c9tjceg
Apr/2006 - Chosen by Marriott as the Chef in charge to design, create, and execute a 5-course Michelin gala dinner in the venue that hosted the acclaimed culinary organization Chaine Des Rotisseurs, @ The Arraya Ballroom in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Link: http://tinyurl.com/cxsd8pp
Feb/2007 - Chosen by Sheraton Addis Luxury Collection as the Chef in charged to cater the private dinners for the U.S Ex president Jimmy Carter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Link: http://tinyurl.com/3pvapc7
Nov/2008 - Festival Gourmet International @ Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where participated as Guest Chef & Jury, exposing his trademark. Italian Renaissance Cuisine. Link: http://tinyurl.com/blznyen
Nov/2009 - FiE 2009 (Food Ingredients Europe), @ the Messehalle in Frankfurt, Germany on the biggest food ingredients show globally held every two years. Chef. Gianfranco did participate as Culinary Leader for the team.
May/2010 - PLMA (Private Label Manufacturers Association), @ the RAI Expo Complex in Amsterdam, Holland on the biggest fair of this nature in the world. Chef. Gianfranco did participate as Culinary Leader for the team.
Jul/2010 - Invited by the Intercontinental Hotel Group as the Michelin Starred Chef in charge to design, create, and execute the Deluxe gala dinner and Haute Italian Cuisine promotion @ the Intercontinental City-stars in Cairo, Egypt. Link: http://tinyurl.com/bpodhvm
Nov/2010 - Invited by the Czech Television Channel "Prima" and their national TV host and fitness/nutrition icon Petr Havliĉek, as the Michelin Starred Chef in the TV show "Souboj v těžké váze"in charge to execute live presentations and talk about cutting edge nutrition and fiber applications to modern manufacturing food industries, in the culinary arts. In Prague, Czech Republic.
Dec/2011 - Publication and official launching of "The Emerald" first book of the trilogy: The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine. That will be published back to back until 2013.
Jan/2011 - "The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine 1.0" Rated in Australia. The most beautiful culinary book of 2011. Sharing the 1st place of the top twelve with Noma Restaurant (Best restaurant of the world 2011 - 2012 - 2013). Link: http://tinyurl.com/24oof9t
Feb/2011 - Inclusion of chef Gianfranco in the "Celebrity Chefs Hall of Fame" sharing the spotlight with Gordon Ramsay, Giorgio Locatelli, Marco Pierre White and many more.
Feb/2011 - The honorable inclusion of Chef Gianfranco Chiarini into the precious and reputable lifetime encyclopedia "Wikipedia". The chef has been awarded with this inclusion, for his lifetime achievements and over the top contributions to the world of culinary arts in six continents.
May/2011 - Kayra Terra Wines Turkey. Chef Chiarini special guest invited, to execute a Michelin Gala style 7 course menu dinner, for VIP and personalities. An event created to unify the Turkish wines with Italian cuisine. Link: http://tinyurl.com/c3cec74
May/2011 - CNN. The famous international broadcasting agency, interviewed chef Chiarini in the occasion of his visit to Istanbul, and the promotion of his best seller books, The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine. Link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zacnb_4oY0A
Jun/2011 - Afraa Restaurant brings the chef to create and execute a 6 course Michelin Gala dinner for the most important personalities of the local Jet-set, fashion, and politics in the city of Kolkata, India.
Jul/2011 - Inclusion of Chef Gianfranco Chiarini as Endorser in the exclusive and unique Culinary/Tour guide "Gourmet Guide" in the Czech Republic. Link: www.gourmetguide.cz
Aug-Sep/2011 - Worldwide launching of chef Chiarini's book "Ferrara the hidden Culinary Jewel - Vol 1 - Ferrara il Gioiello Culinario Nascosto - Vol 1" A wonderful revisit of this medieval cuisine that dates to the year 753 AD. This book is published in Italian/English; also available in: Russian, Malay and Japanese for 2011.
Oct/2011 - Featuring of chef Gianfranco Chiarini, for his exemplary charitable work for the organization "Amici di Adwa Onlus" in Ethiopia. Chef has donated charitable activities and the free inclusion of this group on his second book of the trilogy "The Pearl". This activities have raised awareness and has permitted the construction of a new hospital in Ethiopia for the abandoned children of this country.
Oct/2011 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini, invited as honorable guest chef, at the grand opening of "Unilever Chef's Inn" the second of many culinary and social centers in Turkey. Chef Chiarini presented innovative technologies for the food industry and the Avant garde cuisine of the 21st century. Link: http://tinyurl.com/6w6xsl3
Nov/2011 - Publication and official launching of "The Pearl" second book of the trilogy entitled: The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine. That will be published back to back until 2013.
Dec/2011 - Opening and consultancy services for the opening of the Michelin starred and High-end restaurants Hakkasan & Yawatcha in the Mumbai Metro-area. India. Link: http://tinyurl.com/8djna84
Dec/2011 - Publication and exclusive interview of Chef Gianfranco in the luxurious lifestyle and travel magazine "Unique" from Ukraine; dedicating three pages to the chef. Link: http://tinyurl.com/7j9a2qb
Jan/2012 - Publication and exclusive interview of Chef Gianfranco in the luxurious Middle Eastern lifestyle and travel magazine "Thamaniya 8" from Saudi Arabia; Link: http://www.eight-magazine.com/news.php?category=1
Jan/2012 - Publication and exclusive exposure of Chef Gianfranco in the global website of "Ceramica Sant'Agostino" from Italy; dedicating a special review and dossier to the chef. Link: http://tinyurl.com/7lll9u7
Jan/2012 - Publication and exclusive exposure of Chef Gianfranco in the global website of "Shooting Studio" from Italy; dedicating a special review and dossier to the chef. Link: http://tinyurl.com/7nh6rdn
Feb/2012 - Design & creation of one of the most cutting edge Mediterranean restaurant concepts in India. "Otto Infinito".
Mar/2012 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini invited as Guest Chef at the biggest and more important Wine and Food fair of the world "VinItaly 2012". Our chef was interviewed by Agrilinea TV and Sapori D'Italia magazine, on his career, life, views of Italian cuisine, the future of Italian cuisine, and his support to the "Magis Project" from Bayer Crop-Science on sustainability. An additional debate with Master chef. Gianfranco Vissani and Chef Chiarini was recorded by the reporter Liliana Minetti. All took place at VinItaly 2012 in Verona, Italy. All these videos and interviews are available on our video segment on this web page. Link: http://tinyurl.com/czsw43p
Jun/2012 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini has been featured with an incredible four (4) pages article, in the most important high profile magazine of Hong Kong. "The Peak Magazine" published in mayor airlines and hotels, with sister editions in Singapore and Malaysia. Link: http://tinyurl.com/bs2m3j9
Jun/2012 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini was honored with the once in a life time chance to have his second book "The Pearl" of the trilogy The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine, signed by the hand of the "Master of All Masters" the legendary Paul Bocuse, in his *** (3 Michelin stars) Paul Bocuse Restaurant @ 40 Rue de la Plage 69660 Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France. Link: http://tinyurl.com/7re6s48
Jul/2012 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini was invited as honorable chef and expositor in the Dutch food show “Slokdarm Festival” in the city of Veghel, The Netherlands. Link: http://tinyurl.com/bozjnbb
Aug/2012 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini was invited as honorable chef and spokesman for the important Italian newspaper “IL Sole 24 Ore” in Milano. Chef Chiarini spoke and showed his support to the importance of Sustainability in the wine and food industry of Italy and the entire European Union. Link: http://tinyurl.com/buo2gmc
Sept/2012 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini make a year engagement with the best Super Fresh meals producer of the Netherlands, Henri BV. Chef Chiarini is in charged of the Innovation Department and R&D for this reputable company. The most important for the Benelux region and the entire Northern Europe. Link: http://tinyurl.com/cynun3p
Oct/2012 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini was invited to participate in the prestigious food show “Food Inspiration Days 2012” where in alliance with Henri BV, they presented a stand full of creativity that catches the attention and make them the favorite of the entire show. Link: http://tinyurl.com/cz8u7aw
Nov/2012 - The local Ecuadorian consultancy Chef Marco Mancero, has invited our Chef Gianfranco Chiarini as honorable chef and expositor in Quito, Ecuador. The project involved University Master Classes, Amazonian expeditions, R&D of new ingredients, Food Festivals, Press conferences, and the photo shooting and launching of the last editorial piece “The Ruby” of his renowned trilogy “The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine 3.0” Link: http://tinyurl.com/c2ab8u6
Nov/2012 - Publication and official launching of "The Ruby" third book of the trilogy entitled: The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine.
Jan/2013 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini was invited to participate in the prestigious food show “Horecava 2013” where in alliance with Henri BV, they presented a stand full of creativity that catches the attention and make them the favorite of the entire show. Link: http://tinyurl.com/d9jpfo6
Jan/2013 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini's Official Book Launching and presentation to the press in Italy of "The Ruby" third book of the trilogy entitled: The New Renaissance of Italian Fusion Cuisine. The show took place in the event of the "Olio Officina Food Festival" at Palazzo delle Stelline in Milano. Link: http://tinyurl.com/cmeldwt
Feb/2013 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini photo-shooting of the first ever made Food Calendar, featuring Industrial Cuisine presented with Michelin Style presentation techniques. The photo-shooting took place in the Netherlands. Link: http://tinyurl.com/d6ov5lb
Mar/2013 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini's Official Alliance with one of the most renowned wine producers of Italy and the world. Altadonna Wines and Chef. Chiarini team up to develop, produce and promote new super wines and derivative products from these wines, using cutting edge technologies. Link: http://tinyurl.com/d2glsp6
Apr/2013 - Chef Gianfranco Chiarini's Enterprise and Team are engaged in several activities globally. This time in the Netherlands. Chef and his team engaged in the opening of the "Luchtballon's New Kitchen. The Luchtballon Foundation works with children with deadly food allergies. Link: http://tinyurl.com/c6hfghs
Apr/2013 - Jumbo Supermarkets opened officially their biggest super outlet in the city of Breda, Netherlands. Our Michelin Starred Chef. Gianfranco Chiarini have been developing along with Henri BV for the last 6 months the entire sauce, fonds, demiglace and the complex Clean Label European/Italian Line for Jumbo and their new outlet.