My Italian heritage and my mama’s cooking
are still my main inspiration.
Luca was Born and raised in Milan by an amazing family from whom he inherited his passion for food and respect for people. Luca started cooking with his Mum and Grandma when he was 8 years old, taking his first few steps with them in the direction of becoming a chef.
Luca’s career includes the famous 2 Michelin-starred restaurant “Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia” in Milan, as well as international experience at London’s Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Relais & Chateaux in Bermuda, and in Australia at the Sheraton on the Park and The Westin in Sydney, and Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley.
In 2001/2002, he took part in the Salon Culinaire International de Londres Competition where he was awarded a medal for Senior Pasta Class, and a Merit Award in the Nestle’ Master Chef Grand Prix. A number of Luca’s signature dishes from his London days have been published in Chefs of Distinction (2003 and 2004 editions).
In 2008 Luca joined Barilla Australia, where he developed and established the “Casa Barilla” cooking school, where he still offers regular hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations in Sydney. Based on regional Italian gastronomy, and showcasing the breadth of Italy’s cuisine, he has travels with this concept around Australia, New Zealand and many Asian countries.
In 2012 Luca was awarded in Italy by APCI (Professional Italian Chef Association) ‘LES TOQUES BLANCHES D’HONNEUR’, HONORARY PROFESSIONAL CAREER AWARD.
Luca has been contributing for the Australian BBC Good Food Magazine from 2010/2013, where several of his signature Italian regional dishes have been published on a regular basis.
Luca currently consults for restaurants, hotels, magazines and Italian brands in Australia and around the world, providing guidance and assistance in their daily operations, as well as part of his ambassador roles. Luca has appeared on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, Channel 10 – Studio 10 – The Living Room, ABC & 2GB Radio and TVSN.
In 2015, Luca released his own signature product range in Australia & Asia which includes hand crafted pasta sauces, Olive Oil, Dressings and in 2016 his best selling cookbook, LUCA’S SEASONAL JOURNEY.
Luca’s much anticipated new cookbook is due to be released early 2020.
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Luca consults for restaurants, hotels, magazines brands in Australia and around the world,
providing guidance and assistance in their daily operations, as well as part of his ambassador roles