Giorgio Locatelli & Russell Norman

Two culinary stars share their passions and stories in a lively conversation for the festival.

Michelin-starred Giorgio Locatelli was head chef at Zafferano, before moving to open Locanda Locatelli in 2002, where he remains chef-patron. His latest book Made at Home was published in 2017. Russell Norman is an author, restaurateur and broadcaster. He is the founder of the POLPO group of restaurants and his first book “POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts)” won the inaugural Waterstones Book of the Year award in 2012. His latest book “VENICE: Four Seasons of Home Cooking” was published in March 2018.

‘Made in Italy is quite simply the perfect book…Buy this and you’ll never want to look at another Italian cookbook again’ 

Gordon Ramsay, The Times

‘Russell Norman is among the brightest stars of the British food scene … In Venice, he returns to the recipes of that most inspirational Italian city’


Giorgio Locatelli

Michelin-starred Giorgio Locatelli is one of Britain’s best known Italian chefs. Giorgio began his career at his family’s restaurant in Italy before coming to London. He was head chef at Zafferano in London from its opening to a storm of praise and press coverage in 1994, before moving in 2002 to open Locanda Locatelli, where he remains chef-patron.

Russell Norman

Russell Norman is an award-winning restaurateur, writer and broadcaster, and the founder of the POLPO restaurant group. Norman’s book POLPO – A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) was published by Bloomsbury and won Waterstones Book of the Year 2012. In 2014 he presented The Restaurant Man, a six-part prime-time documentary for BBC2, and his second book SPUNTINO – Comfort Food (New York Style) won the 2016 Guild of Food Writers Award for best food and travel book. He is a contributing editor for Esquire magazine and writes a monthly column as ‘The Accidental Cook’.