Marco Zampese


In this episode, Justine interviews Italian Chef Marco Zampese as he shares about his love of pasta as well as his earliest and fondest first memories of food, with a family tradition of the breaking down of the pig for charcuterie.

Marco’s background saw him grow in many restaurants, and even as a chef to the Italian professional Cycling Team but in 2012, after graduation, a chance phone call from a friend and the lure of London’s dynamic restaurant scene saw him travel to the UK to work at 1 Michelin star Wild Honey in Mayfair. He intended London to be the first stop on his global travels; however, he quickly flourished and developed as a chef under Anthony Demetre’s tutelage. He was promoted to Sous Chef after just six months and thrived in the fast-paced, detail-focused Michelin kitchen.

Next, Marco was looking for a new challenge, and Demetre kindly suggested he consider Hélène Darroze’s London restaurant. After a successful trial, he started working at Hélène’s two Michelin starred restaurant ‘Hélène Darroze at The Connaught’ in January 2014, joining the team. He rapidly climbed the culinary ranks, was promoted to Junior Sous Chef after just few months, then Sous Chef and became Head Chef in 2018.  In 2021, Marco was Executive Chef when Hélène Darroze at The Connaught was awarded three Michelin stars in the Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland.

Marco has been working 9 years alongside Hélène, mainly in London at The Connaught but also supporting Hélène on new openings like Hélène Darroze at Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian (Spain) on 2017 where he was the Head chef for a 5 months pop up restaurant, on the reopening in 2019 of her main restaurant in Paris, Marsan awarded 2 Michelin stars in 2021, on the openings of her new restaurant Hélène Darroze a Villa la Coste in Provence in 2021 awarded 1 Michelin star, and supporting her in many other projects around the world.

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Instagram: @marcozampese88 and @helenedarrozeattheconnaught

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