Give us a snapshot of your career so far.
My career began 24 years ago in Catania, a wonderful city in Sicily, in which I had the chance to serve many VIPs from across the world. I gained a lot of work experience over the years in the north of Italy too, the most memorable being in Tuscany, where I had the pleasure of meeting great people and working with an amazing team. However, I was still looking for some new experiences and I decided to come to England for a short period of work experience. That was more than 10 years ago now!
Where has your time in England taken you so far?
I first started working in Hampshire, in a beautiful hotel in the middle of the forest. A memorable moment there was when I had the pleasure of preparing hundreds of cocktails for Jamie Cullum and Sophie Dahl on their wedding day. After a year in Hampshire, I moved to a hotel in London’s Liverpool Street. One day, my Food and Beverage Director called me to his office. I wondered what I’d done wrong! But he took out a magazine from his drawer and showed me a picture of me serving champagne during a special event we had organised for the English soap, Coronation Street. I joined The Athenaeum this year, and I already know I’ll have another wonderful chapter in life here.