Stefano Manfredi's Profile

The godfather of modern Italian cuisine, Stefano Manfredi, is one of Australia’s most influential chefs. He is not only a chef but also a restaurateur, an inspired coffee blender, successful cookbook author, food writer and an ambassador of sustainability.

Born in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, Stefano settled in Australia with his family in 1961. His career as a chef began in 1983 when he opened The Restaurant – later to be Restaurant Manfredi. In 1996 he moved his operations to the Rocks with the creation of the much-applauded Bel Mondo (1996 – 2002). With the simple philosophy ‘the flavours of Italy from the fresh produce of Australia’ both Stefano’s restaurants transformed the way Italian cuisine and fine dining were perceived in Australia. Restaurant Manfredi remains the only Italian restaurant to have attained the coveted 3-hat rating from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide.

In 2007, charmed by its coastal and rural setting, Stefano took the helm at Bells at Killcare and its restaurant Manfredi at Bells. Here he has overseen the planting of extensive kitchen gardens to inspire a more pastoral rendition of his cuisine which saw the restaurant honoured with the Good Living Sustainability Award at the The 2012 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards.

Most recently, Stefano opened his signature restaurant Osteria Balla Manfredi at The Star, heralding a much-anticipated return to the Sydney dining scene and offering modern Milanese cuisine in an Italian trattoria style setting.