Acclaimed Italian chef Francesco Mazzei, chef patron at Sartoria restaurant in Mayfair’s Savile Row, has long been considered one of London’s best chefs.
He was born and raised in Calabria, the toe on Italy’s boot and the region noted for producing ‘nduja. It was at the age of fourteen—when he met renowned Italian chef Angelo Sabetta who recognised his talent—that he decided to pursue his dream of becoming a chef.
In 1992, Mazzei moved to Rome and joined The Grand Hotel. Inspired by the international environment, he left to learn English and secured a job at The Dorchester in London working under Willi Elsener and Henry Brosi, before returning to Rome to take up a position at Michelin-starred La Terrazza dell’Eden. Mazzei has since opened Santini restaurants in Edinburgh and Milan, the Royal Sporting Club in Bangkok, Franco’s on Jermyn Street and St Alban in London, as well as venues across the world alongside restaurateur Alan Yau.
At the age of 34, Francesco Mazzei opened L’Anima where he showcased dishes from Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia for 7 years. Since 2007 he has appeared frequently on Saturday Kitchen, MasterChef and is a veteran at Taste of London.
His first cookbook ‘Mezzogiorno’ was published in Autumn 2015. Yet another vehicle with which to showcase the edible delights of Southern Italy, he describes his recipes as “Mamma’s cooking with chef hands”.
Francesco has been chef patron at Sartoria since June 2015.