Alessandro Pavoni's Profile

Brescian-born chef Alessandro Pavoni blasted into Sydney's dining scene in 2009 with his first restaurant venture, northern Italian gem Ormeggio at the Spit.

He brings with him a passion for food that developed at the age of 10 when he sampled a three kilogram stuffed hen his grandmother cooked. Experiences such as these helped inspire him to undertake training at the Art, Science and Technological Centre of Food in Brescia and the Caterina de Medici Hospitality School.

Alessandro began his career in Italy's north. After working in various Michelin starred venues such as La Rotonde in France and the two Michelin-starred Villa Fiordaliso on Lake Garda, Alessandro broadened his culinary horizons working in Bermuda before moving to Sydney permanently in 2003. He assumed the role of Executive Chef at Park Hyatt 2005, managing a team of over 30 chefs before finally realising his dream of opening his own restaurant at the Spit, Mosman in 2009.

Ormeggio at the Spit was a most welcome addition to the North Shore dining scene and was quickly recognised as one of Sydney's premier waterside dining destinations. It was awarded a coveted Chef Hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide after only 9 months, had two Glasses awarded by Gourmet Traveller to its unique wine list, and is also listed in Gourmet Traveller's Top 100 and The Australian's Top 50 Australian restaurants. Ormeggio was awarded a second Chef Hat in 2012.

Contemporary flavours, techniques and textures are the focus at Ormeggio, with Alessandro exploring for himself the current Northern Italian offerings. "The look and feel of Ormeggio is naturally nautical and coastal – with great quality produce and contemporary Italian flavours. We utilise a lot of local organic and biodynamic meats and vegetables and are constantly searching for quality and uniqueness. Given our striking location and dockside setting at D'Albora Marina, and the influence taken from the lakes region of Northern Italy, we also do a lot of beautiful seafood. Our aim is to provide a contemporary Italian dining experience in an exclusive Australian setting."