Aldo Zilli is an award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur who specialises in Italian, vegetarian and seafood cuisine. One of nine children, he was born in the small seaside town of Alba Adriatica in the central Italian region of Abruzzo and first learnt Italian home cooking from his mother, followed by catering college.
He is the founder of some of London’s most exciting and innovative restaurants: Signor Zilli, Zilli Green, Zilli Café and Zilli Bar. His Italian seafood restaurant, Zilli Fish, was a Soho institution and had been open for over 15 years until March 2012 when Aldo decided to hang up his chef’s whites and embark on other ventures.
Aldo has written 10 books including Fresh & Green: over 100 new exciting vegetarian recipes which was featured in the Telegraph’s Top Ten Cookery Books 2012. He has also written for many publications including The Sun, and currently writes a weekly column for the Daily Express Saturday magazine and presents a bi-weekly show on Soho Radio.
Aldo appears regularly on television and radio both as presenter and chef. His extensive credits include being a judge on Celebrity Masterchef, and being featured on Who’s Doing The Dishes?, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, This Morning, Lorraine, and Daybreak for ITV, and Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is, Country Show Cook Off , The One Show, and The Real Hustle for the BBC. He has also has his own primetime ITV documentary Home Is Where The Heart Is.
Aldo and fellow chef Enzo Oliveri embarked on a culinary journey across Sicily for the Good Food Channel. They have recently completed a second series of Sicily with Aldo and Enzo, broadcasted in 2016.
He has worked with many brands, including Thomson Airways and Philadelphia, and had a hugely successful TV ad campaign with Kellogg’s Optivita. His consultancy work includes Italian takeaway chain Firezza, and Italian restaurant chain Prezzo, where his award winning VIPizza proved extremely successful. This led him to collaborate with M Kitchen at Morrisons supermarkets nationwide where he now has eight products in their range, including DIVO cheese. In 2016 he also became brand ambassador for CocoPacific coconut oil.
Aldo has been a strong supporter of a number of charities over the years and is currently Patron for the charity Bowel Cancer UK.
Chef Zilli will be hosting a cooking show at Welcome Italia!
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