MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Danilo Cortellini is Head Chef at the Italian Embassy in London. He moved to the UK in 2010 and has worked with the likes of Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester and at Zafferano in Knightsbridge. In 2012 he attained his current position at the embassy, giving him the opportunity to cook for some of the most influential people in Europe. In 2014 Danilo launched his own catering and consultancy company whilst last year he fought his way to the final round of BBC MasterChef: The Professionals.
His first cook book is a celebration of his time at the embassy, featuring recipes that reflect the day-to-day life there; from business lunches to gala dinners, family meals and fine dining events. The book features authentic Italian dishes using some of the finest produce available. Sample dishes include multicolour tortellini with burrata red Sicilian prawns in a smoked artichoke broth, and halibut with white asparagus and truffle and veal cheeks pizzaiolo with cicoriette.