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Chef at restaurants throughout the world. Graduate of ALMA University.

Born and raised in Brindisi, Puglia Chef Massimo Mancarella discovered his passion for food while watching his grandmother Anna prepare the classic Sunday family lunch. After learning the basic techniques of Italian cuisine at the hospitality institute in his city, Massimo had the opportunity to travel the world. He’s perfected his craft with over 10 years working as a Chef in Egypt, the Netherlands and Spain which have contributed to his love of culture, people and his culinary knowledge.


Chef Massimo’s desire to deeply explore the history and culture of Italian cuisine led him to the prestigious ALMA University. ALMA University, located in the prized culinary region of Parma, Italy houses Italy's most elite culinary professions. It was there where he developed the deepest knowledge, learned the stories and the soul of Italian cuisine. After working in several Michelin Star restaurants, Massimo returned to his homeland, Puglia where he currently works as a private Chef for events and in luxury villas.


“Fill the head before the stomach” is his culinary philosophy: A dish, an ingredient and a recipe almost always have a story to tell. It’s the anecdote and legend that we together will carry together.

Chef Massimo

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Lives In: 

Brindisi, Italy

Favorite Restaurant: Currently Cascipò , Doppio zero, and Numeri Primi

Accolades: Chef at restaurants throughout the world. Graduate of ALMA University.

Favorite Ingredient: Anchovies

Kitchen Must Have: Pasta Board

Fun Fact: Chef Massimo has a love of music and also moonlights as a DJ

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