London, 12 May 2023 – Corinthia Palace in Malta is delighted to announce a partnership with renowned Italian Chef Francesco Mazzei. Launching 5 June 2023, Mazzei and his culinary team will serve Italian classics and signature favourites throughout their residency, bringing a taste of Southern Italy to Villa Corinthia in the hotel, until December 2023.

Mazzei was raised with a passion for food, often in the family kitchen, and had his first taste of a professional experience working in his uncle’s Gelateria where he mastered Italian cakes and gelato by the age of nine, and later taking his first chef role at the age of 14. Over the last four decades, Mazzei has been recognised as one of the great Italian chefs, having worked in five-star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Calabrian-born Francesco Mazzei shared his enthusiasm about the residency, stating: “Spending time in Malta has been a goal of mine for several years, given its rich history, and proximity to Italy. And partnering with the iconic Corinthia Palace is a very exciting project. My Executive Chef Simone Petulla and I have created menus that will reflect the creative and diverse nature of Italian cuisine, to appeal to locals, hotel guests and visitors. I look forward to continuing to explore the abundant produce generated on and around the island and weaving these ingredients into our daily specials.”

Mazzei is creating an enticing menu of Italian classics, as well as his signature dishes. The menu boasts a generous selection of colourful antipasti, a fritto misto featuring seafood and seasonal vegetables from the Maltese shores and soil, and a show-stopping ‘Orecchia di elefante’. While the dishes will be rooted in Italian tradition and flavours, Mazzei and his team will draw inspiration from local seasonal produce to create a memorable and modern dining experience.

Alexandra Pisani, General Manager of Corinthia Palace, commented: "It is an honour to have such talents as Francesco Mazzei and his team with us in Malta, which will further position Corinthia Palace as a top culinary destination. He is much more than a chef - Francesco is passionate about celebrating the culinary arts, and he is a philanthropic inspiration who is dedicated to bringing about positive changes in the world."
The wine offering will be equally well considered, with the sommelier team an accompanying wine list that will showcase exceptional selections from Italian vineyards. Signature Italian aperitivi and cocktails will also be served.

Francesco Mazzei’s first professional restaurant role was at a local fish restaurant in Calabria, aged 18, in 1992. To gain more experience, he moved to Rome and joined The Grand Hotel, followed by the goal of learning English and a transfer to London, working at The Dorchester under chefs Willi Elsener and Henry Brosi. After a brief return to Italy and the Michelin-starred Eden Terrazza, Mazzei came back to the UK to Santini restaurants in London, Edinburgh and Milan. A culinary highlight followed with L’Anima in the City of London, with its concentration on southern Italian cuisine. Most recently, Mazzei collaborated with D&D on several of the group’s Italian restaurants, including Sartoria, Radici and Fiume. Mazzei published his first cookbook - Mezzogiorno Southern Italian Cooking in 2015, and his TV experience spans BBC shows such as Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef, and he appeared in the Italian Hell’s Kitchen.

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Originally opened as a restaurant and transformed into Corinthia’s founding hotel in 1968, Corinthia Palace in Attard has become a legendary part of Malta – a see and be seen destination. The San Anton Palace and its glorious gardens are a few moments away, but the hotel grounds themselves are idyllic. Al fresco dining is championed come summertime with The Summer Kitchen complementing the sun-soaked days and balmy evenings. An elegant residence with 147 charming rooms and suites, the real magic of Malta can be observed from the comfort of this tranquil hotel. For more information visit

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