Owner and chef of Shardana Catering, Stefano always watched and helped his mother and grandmother cook for their Saturday lunch during his childhood. It was a special day for the family, and their way to get together.
Whenever he saw them making some fresh pasta, the boiling water, the golden roast lamb cooking in the oven, and the scent that was in the air, he was in love with those sensations. So much so that he has made it his profession.
When he was 18, he started working for the first time in a restaurant kitchen in his beloved home region, Sardinia (Italy). Year after year, he managed to work in good restaurants where he met chefs who mentored and inspired him. He learnt how to recognise and use the best products and refine his techniques.
His leap in quality came when he decided to invest his savings and join the Italian cooking school, Alma, directed by the greatest Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi. It left him overwhelmed by passion, and he started to work in Michelin starred restaurants.
“When I am in the kitchen, I like to create quality food through the enhancement of the natural flavours of each ingredient. For this reason, I always try to use products from local small farmers and artisans.
This way, I’m sure of their high quality, and I am able to share their passion and love of the products.”
Born in Genova, Tobia moved to Edinburgh in 2012, where he enhanced his professional career in the hospitality industry by working in several fine dining restaurants, eventually earning a WSET certification.
Tobia’s passionate attitude and committment allowed him to become an expert in Italian wines, master wine service, and specialise in UK wine trade. Tobia is also very knowlegeable on the latest wine trends.
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