Lifestyle / Gastronomy

Culinary Maestros Redefine Chic Nonna Experience As Head Chef Francesco Torcasio and Group Executive Chef Giuseppe Pezzella Take The Helm

Chic Nonna, the epitome of Italian cuisine in the heart of DIFC, has brought in two culinary maestros to revamp the brand.

Dec 26, 2023 | By

Head Chef Francesco Torcasio and Group Executive Chef Giuseppe Pezzella take the helm joining the distinguished team in the iconic Dubai venue.

Both chefs will be bringing traditional dishes and tastes from their respective hometowns in Italy with a modern spin, elevating each dish but still embodying the history, love and generosity of the cuisine.

Head Chef Francesco Torcasio was born in Calabria and is renowned for his passion for time-honoured recipes. He made an indelible mark in the world of Italian gastronomy as the former chef of Il Borro Dubai. Due to his extensive experience in leading the kitchen of the now global brand, he was asked to join the opening team that launched Il Borro London in 2021.


His journey into the culinary world began at the age of just fifteen, growing up in a family where food was an art form, with time-honoured recipes and techniques passed down through generations. He worked his way up the ranks to become one of the most admired chefs in the region, with strong communication and leadership skills and an outstanding ability to work under pressure.

Group Executive Chef Giuseppe Pezzella brings decades of experience to the brand. Born in Naples, Italy, Chef Pezzella’s approach is characterised by a profound respect for quality ingredients, a dedication to preserving the authenticity of regional flavours, and a unique blend of classic techniques with modern trends.

His culinary journey also began at a young age, honing his skills in the kitchen of his family’s restaurant in Naples. He then decided to take on bigger challenges, where he moved to France and the UK, and finally landed in the UAE.

Chef Pezzella’s commitment extends beyond the kitchen, actively supporting local farmers and artisans and promoting sustainability in the food industry. Renowned for his philanthropic efforts, he has authored several cookbooks that showcase his culinary philosophy and allow home cooks to capture the essence of his creations in their kitchens.

With numerous Michelin stars and a legacy of culinary excellence across various countries, the chef’s expertise in crafting traditional, time-honoured dishes with an innovative approach perfectly align with Chic Nonna’s ethos of always pushing the boundaries to create unforgettable culinary experiences.

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