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Gennaro Contaldo

Season 7

Today’s guest is one of the UK’s most loved chefs, Gennaro Contaldo. A key player in bringing his native Italian cuisine to British shores over recent decades, Gennaro’s written over a dozen best-selling Italian cookbooks and is the mentor to his protege Jamie Oliver, who credits Gennaro with teaching him everything he knows about Italian cooking, and Gennaro calls him his sixth child. You’ll have seen on numerous TV shows with Jamie, on Saturday Kitchen and on Two Greedy 

Italians, with the late great Antonio Carluccio. 


This episode is a real love letter to Gennaro’s homeland of Italy, bringing to life with such passion destinations like the Amalfi coast, Puglia, Sicily and the Aeolian Islands. So, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s get started.


Destination Recap:


  • Minori, Amalfi Coast, Italy
  • Monte Gargano, Puglia, Italy 
  • Monte Sant'Angelo, Italy: Saint Michael's Cave
  • Salina, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy
  • Catania, Sicily, Italy
  • Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy
  • Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy 
  • Signum Hotel, Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Italy 
  • Naples, Italy
  • India 


Gennaro is an ambassador for Citalia and his latest recipe book Gennaro’s Limoni: Vibrant Italian recipes celebrating the lemon is out now.


With thanks to…


Clinique UK - Discover Clinique at World Duty Free today. 


Citalia - Discover the real Italy with Citalia, the UK’s leading Italian holiday specialists


Villa D’Este Hotel - Experience one of Europe’s grandest hotels, on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, for its 150th season. Visit villadeste.com to find out more.


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If you can’t wait until then, there’s always the first six seasons to catch up on, with guests from Sir Michael Palin and Jo Malone, to Stanley Tucci and Raymond Blanc.


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