Aldo Zilli is an award-winning TV Chef and speaker. A specialist in Italian cuisine with restaurants across the globe. The Italian-born celebrity restaurateur has worked with various companies and brands including Thomson Airways, Kraft Foods and You Magazine.
About Aldo Zilli
Aldo Zilli has been the celeb chef consigliere providing the award-winning San Carlo group with his industry expertise and helping to grow the concept in London. The San Carlo group owns restaurants in London (Cicchetti and Signor Sassi), Birmingham and Manchester as well as an international portfolio including venues in Kuwait, Beirut and Bangkok.
Aldo Zilli is a dynamic character whose profile has rocketed, most recently he appeared on ‘Celebrity Fit Club’. Furthermore, he appeared in the ITV documentary ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is’ which saw Aldo and his wife take in a homeless man and change his life around forever.
His stint on ‘Celebrity X Factor’ where he captivated the nation with his personality and Italian singing making it through to the last stages of the competition. Aldo’s passion for food extends beyond the kitchen and into the realm of current affairs as he made a huge impact with his ‘Tonight with Trevor MacDonald’ special on healthy eating for ITV1.
Great food and Aldo’s exuberant personality means Aldo appears regularly on television and radio both as presenter and chef. These include BBC2’s Country Show Cook Off series where he travelled around the English countryside with fellow chef Silvena Rowe battling it out for first place in local cookery competitions! Before that, he appeared on the UK Good Food channel where he and fellow chef Enzo Oliveri embarked on a culinary journey across Sicily, cooking up delights in Mount Etna, Trapani and the island’s capital, Palermo. The show was so successful that a second series has just been filmed and will air later this year.
Aldo is one of the regular presenters on Soho Radio, with his own show, After Service.
He has also had regular slots on ITV1’s Alan Titchmarsh Show and Daybreak.
Aldo has featured in many magazines and newspapers, and currently writes his own weekly column for the Daily Express Saturday Magazine, appearing recently in Channel 5’s adverts for the newspaper.
The author of 10 books including two autobiographies, Aldo has written Being Zilli and My Italian Country Childhood. He has also had published various cook books, with his signature Italian recipes. His Fish cookbook showcases some of the fresh seafood recipes for which he is so famous. Zilli Fish and Zilli Light share his healthy Italian recipes with tips on how to eat well and still eat delicious food. His most recent book, Fresh & Green, with over 100 new exciting vegetarian recipes made the Telegraph’s Top Ten in 2012.
Aldo was a big part of the Kellogg’s campaign advertising Optivita cereal. He has since collaborated with M Kitchen at Morrisons Supermarkets nationwide to create two pizzas for their ‘Inspired By’ celebrity chef range, whilst adding more recently his pasta chitarra and Puttanesca sauce. His Pizza Calabrese with Nduja – Calabria’s signature soft salami – quickly became a best seller throughout stores and won Best Indulgent Pizza at the PAPA Industry Awards in 2012.
"He covered all the topics we asked him to in a friendly and personable way. He met many of the delegate’s individually over lunch and many really appreciated the opportunity to shake his hand."