Zafferano & Co. Friends: Chef Francesco Pecoraro
Master Chef Francesco Pecoraro was born in Filaga (PA) Sicily in 1971. He went to I.P.A.S ( Istituto Professionale Alberghiero di Stato) of Pallavicino. He began his career at the age of 13 in his town of origin at the' 'historic' 'Osteria pizzeria' 'Da Giacomino' '. After graduating, he started traveling all over Italy, eager to learn more about the profession that he'd come to love at a young age. During his travels he met inspired people and chefs that contributed to the growth of his cultural and gastronomic awareness.
In 1993 he moved to Rimini where he manage for 7 years a famous restaurant called Castello di Albereto where in 2010 he receive an award as "BEST RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR"
In 2011, he became the personal Chef to singer/songwriter Anna Oxa and was responsible for preparing vegan meals for her and her entire staff. During this time, they remained in Sanremo, renowned for its famous Sanremo Music Festival.
In 2015 he moved to New York to open his own Restaurant called Autentico which means "Authentic" in Italian, in Oyster Bay (LI).
Pecoraro acknowledges: ""There are three very special women in my life; my grandmother Ciccina, my mother Mela and my sister Maria. Growing up, I had the immense pleasure of watching these ladies in the daily meal preparations in our home. A great part of their day was – and still is – dedicated to working in the family kitchen. It was through them that my great love of cooking was born. Today I feel fully realized, I worship my job,and i will never stop to search for new flavors and ingredients to blow your palate and your mind away."
Company - Restaurant: Autentico Restaurant
Location: Oyster Bay New York