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London: Baglioni hosts two Michelin Starred guest chef

Since opening in Kensington, Brunello has gained a reputation for serving great Italian food and is constantly looking to expand on that by offering diners great culinary experiences. To that end, throughout this year Brunello is planning a series of special, fine dining events to delight even the most demanding gourmets. During 2010 Brunello will host a superb line up of visiting Michelin starred chefs from some of Italy’s greatest restaurants allowing diners the opportunity to enjoy their fabulous menus and culinary expertise right here in the heart of London.
During this, the first in the series of seasonal guest chef events which will run throughout the year, Chef Pino Lavarra will present dishes from his stunning menu on 5 evenings, March 10th, 11th, 12th 13th and 14th Diners at Brunello in Kensington will be able to enjoy dishes from a menu created with passion such as, “Tuna steak served with white aubergine puree, souffléd potatoes and a caper scented sauce” followed by, “Amalfi lemon soufflé” with a raspberry and beer sorbet”.
Since 2001, Pino Lavarra has been creating gastronomical wonders for hotel guests and other visitors to Ravello who are keen to sample the finest cooking available in this region of Italy. His special menu marries innovation with traditional ingredients and dishes.
Pino’s passion for cooking began in his mother’s kitchen in Puglia and from there he progressed through a formal training at catering college to cook in some of the great kitchens of the world. Spells in Germany and London were followed by time in Malaysia where he broadened his knowledge of exotic spices and oriental techniques, which enrich his creations today. In 1997, an old friend and well known Italian chef Anthony Genovese, asked Pino to join him in the opening of a new 5-star deluxe hotel in Ravello, on the charming Amalfi Coast -- none other than Palazzo Sasso. Working here, Pino fell in love with the Mediterranean aromas and bountiful natural produce that surrounded him.
The following year, Pino was fortunate to have an opportunity to spend some time at one of the world’s best-known fine dining restaurants, Raymond Blanc’s Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Here, as Sous Chef, he sharpened his now worldwide experience.
In 2001 he returned to Palazzo Sasso as Executive Chef of the hotel’s Rossellini’s restaurant and since then he has been providing the hotel guests with the finest cooking available in the Campania region, his dishes marrying innovation with traditional ingredients.
In recent years culinary awards have been flowing in for Chef Lavarra. The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences recognized him as “One of the Best Chefs in the World”. Conde Nast Traveler has awarded him a perfect score on several occasions in the category for “Best of Food” for a European Hotel and in 2009, Virtuoso named Rossellini’s as “Best Culinary Experience.” In 2004 Chef Lavarra’s passion and skills were rewarded when a second Michelin star, one of the world’s most highly coveted awards was bestowed upon him. Today Chef Lavarra still travels the world in a desire to learn and grow, taking inspiration from places as far afield as Japan and helping him to constantly fine tune his craft and expand his creativity.
We look forward to welcoming you to this week of very special dining in Brunello.
Brunello Restaurant, The Baglioni Hotel, 60 Hyde Park Gate, SW7 5BB,
Tel: 020 7368 5900
To book your table please call reservations at Brunello on 0207 368 5900






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