Chef Francesco Apreda
1 MICHELIN STAR
TWO-FORK GAMBERO ROSSO AWARD
Executive Chef Francesco Apreda from Imàgo, the renowned panoramic restaurant located on the 6th floor of Rome's legendary Hassler Hotel, has attained international status for his innovative culinary creations, incorporating both modern techniques with a steadfast commitment to traditional basics.
Chef Apreda's passion for cooking began at age 14 when he discovered a love for making classic Italian desserts and pastries. Choosing to broaden his talents, Francesco earned his diploma in Culinary Arts and Hotel Activities at IPSSAR (Instituto Professionale Statale per i Servizi Alberghieri e della Ristorazione) School of Formia and secured a position as Commis chef, or apprentice, at the Hassler Roma at the age of 19.
Through an insatiable desire to learn and grow professionally, Chef Apreda began a journey that took him to London to collaborate with various notable chefs, and then to Tokyo to manage Cicerone, the Imperial Hotel's new Italian restaurant.
Francesco's return to Rome as Executive Chef of the Hassler Hotel was the realization of a dream. The vast experiences he gained through time spent abroad gave him a great appreciation for the integrity and unique characteristics of true Italian ingredients, while at the same time rediscovering the value of authentic flavors from his native Italy.
Only 37 years old, Chef Apreda has helped distinguish Imàgo as one of Europe's finest Italian establishments, earning it numerous awards such as the 2008 Michelin star and the prestigious two forks recognition by Gambero Rosso.