Gennaro Contaldo, the man who taught Jamie Oliver everything he knows about Italian cooking, is a legend when it comes to Italian cuisine.

Having worked with the late Antonio Carluccio at Neal Street Restaurant to improve Italian cuisine in the UK, Gennaro opened his own restaurant Passione in London. His first book Passione, which was a part autobiography and part cookbook, won Best Italian Cookbook 2003 at the World Gourmand Cookbook Awards.

If you read our interview with Gennaro, then you know how highly he values his relationship with Jamie Oliver. Having mentored The Naked Chef, Gennaro is now involved with many of Jamie’s television shows and publications, as well as being part of Jamie’s restaurant group, where he develops menus and trains new chefs.

Gennaro Contaldo, photo credit: Kim Lightbody

Gennaro Contaldo, photo credit: Kim Lightbody

Gennaro’s newest book Gennaro’s Fast Cook Italy aims to teach the public how to cook classic Italian dishes in under 40 minutes, using fresh ingredients and familiar flavours. As Gennaro told us:

“People all over the world should know how to cook good food quickly. The ingredients that Jamie and I cook with, you can find them everywhere and if you follow the recipe, you won’t find it difficult to create great food.

Most of the recipes are taken from the classics and some of them were really long, so we had to adjust it to make sure that when very busy people go home they can make it using just three or so ingredients. In each recipe, you’ll find a lot of simplicity but also a lot of flavour.”


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