Gennaro Contaldo is one of the most respected chefs in London as well as a renowned personality in his own right. He is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking. Born in Minori on the Amalfi Coast, Gennaro's quintessentially Italian spirit and positive nature has made him a TV favourite. He regularly appears as the Italian food expert on `Richard and Judy', and as a top chef on `BBC Breakfast', `Saturday Kitchen' and `Good Food Live'. He has also appeared on numerous Jamie Oliver shows on UK TV and America's famous `The Iron Chef'. Gennaro has worked in some of London's most popular restaurants, such as Antonio Carluccio's `Neal Street Restaurant'. In 1999 he opened his own restaurant `passione' in Charlotte Street, London, which was awarded Best Italian restaurant in 2005.