The hosting chef
The hosting chef
New and exciting truffle dishes will be prepared by Italian cooking’s promises together with a local top Chef from the restaurant which hosts the event.
Chef Gaia Ristorante
Paolo Monti has been cooking for Gaia Group in the past 12 years. Having been promoted as the Group Executive Chef in 2011, he now helps conceptualize menus and looks after all Italian restaurants in the Group. With a respect for Italian culinary tradition, his cooking style is authentic yet prepared with a modern twist. A native of Rome, Paolo grew up in a family where food was an essential part of daily living. His grandmother’s side grew vegetables in the countryside, and made cheeses and breads while his grandfather’s side cultivated grapes for his family’s consumption. Surrounded by a family whose work reflected in passion for food, he was accustomed to home-cooking and he did not often eat at restaurants.
At age 15, Paolo started working part-time in a pastry kitchen making breads, cakes and gelato. While studying at a culinary school, he also learned how to prepare hot dishes at Mastro Stefano, Rome. After attaining a Diploma degree in Hotel Business, he worked at some of the world’s renowned Italian restaurants La Terrazza dell’Eden in Fort Hotel Eden, and Da Checco ar 13 ‘mo, one of the oldest trattoria in Rome opened since 1953. Paolo also draws seven years of experience working for a number of leading restaurants in Los Angeles. Rising the ranks as sous chef, he had the experience working at the legendary restaurants like Mauro Vincenti, REX il Ristorante, and Alto Palato Trattoria, which is ranked Top 10 restaurants in LA.
Gaining an all-around experience in kitchen, Paolo’s menu at Gaia Ristorante focuses on Italy’s seasonal ingredients. He delivers his passion through creating Roman-style thin crust gourmet pizzas, light and delicious hand-made pastas, and the finest fish and meat dishes. “Italian cuisine is well-known everywhere for its use of fresh ingredients,” says Paolo Monti. “It is a cuisine which is written in the history and nobody can change it. You can incorporate new techniques but you can’t change its ingredients.”
Chef Ristorante Aurora
With 18 years’ experience in the culinary industry, Mr. Michele dell’ Aquila is the Chef De Cuisine at Aurora, Altira Macau’s signature Italian restaurant. Michele hails from Bari, located at the southern part of Italy. His cuisine reflects on southern Italian methodology using slow cooking methods on his chosen products, which he then modifies into contemporary presentation with innovation and flair. Michele has gained experience and knowledge in many of the most prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy and Spain which has given him a sounding respect for fresh produce.
Prior to joining Altira, Michele was heading the kitchens of the sumptuous Bulgari Hotel in Tokyo and before, the Bulgari Resort in Bali. “I care and feel passionate about finding fresh local ingredients for my Italian dishes. This allows me to keep experimenting, using them for my plates and turning them into memory of dining,” said Michele. “If possible, I would like to have organic gardens to source my fresh products in the future!” Michele helms Aurora team bringing Southern Italian Cuisine at its finest, exclusively for your dining experience at Altira Macau.
Chef Aberdeeen Marina Club
French Chef Laurent began his career in 1995 as Chef de Partie at La Grande Cascade in France. Prior to joining the Aberdeen Marina Club in Hong Kong, he has worked in several Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, including Sketch in the United Kingdom and Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo.
He has also worked at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong as Executive Sous Chef, and both the Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa and the Regent Singapore as Executive Chef.