Roberto Cimmino

My journey through the culinary world is more than just a series of kitchen adventures; it's a story of passion, heritage, and relentless pursuit of excellence.

I was born in '86 in Rome, Italy. Everything began in Nonna's kitchen. It was there, in the cozy "cucina" of my grandmother's home, that my love affair with food blossomed.

I remember every flavor of my childhood—the tomato, the basil, the wild truffles—all of which left an indelible mark on my culinary sensibilities.

From the spring pesto to a whole-morning-simmered ragù, they served as a portal to my Italian heritage, a connection to generations past, and a source of inspiration for the culinary journey that lay ahead.

As I grew, so too did my passions. Armed with a natural curiosity and an insatiable appetite for discovery, I embarked on a voyage of culinary exploration that would take me far beyond the cobblestone streets of Rome.

From the fiery spices of Thailand to the delicate dim sum of Hong Kong, I embraced each new culinary landscape with open arms, incorporating elements of global cuisine into my ever-expanding repertoire.

My journey is adorned with numerous accolades and accomplishments, each a testament to my unwavering dedication and exceptional talent. I was named "One to Watch, Best Chef under 35," and elected President of The Italian Chef Federation for Thailand.

From leading F&B operations at prestigious 5-star venues to gaining recognition for my innovative approach to food and beverage operations, I consistently showcased my talent for culinary excellence and strategic leadership.

My career includes collaborations with renowned brands like Starwood, Shangri-La, and Marriott International. This varied experience helped me make a significant impact in the culinary sphere. I was nominated for "The Best of Shanghai" by Disciples Auguste Escoffier and ICMC Italian Cuisine Master Chef, Academia Barilla.

Yet, amidst the whirlwind of professional success, I wanted to remain grounded in my roots, drawing inspiration from the timeless traditions of Italian cuisine and the enduring values of family, community, and integrity.

Today, with a wealth of experience and a vision for the future that burns as bright as ever, I am poised to take on new challenges and explore uncharted territories.

My interests extend far beyond the kitchen. An avid reader and a self-published author, I devote my free time to exploring the intersection of food, culture, and community, seeking to make a positive impact on the world around me. Lately, I have been participating in food charity for Southeast Asian children's refugees of war.

I just love to help others, lend a helping hand to those in need. It lifts my spirit and commitment to making a difference. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading short stories, and watching travel vlogs (of course, about food).

Beyond this culinary adventure, I am very passionate about giving back to my community. I volunteer at local charities and enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, cherishing the simple moments of connection and togetherness.

As life continues, I remain committed to personal growth, learning, and making a positive impact on the world around me.

Currently, I am learning programming and coding, exploring front-end development as a new skill to acquire. In addition to creating a few software projects, my goal is to enhance experiences in the hospitality industry by leveraging new technologies.

"The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

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