Stefano Manfredi is recognised as one of Australia’s leading chefs and internationally as a master of modern Italian cuisine.
Stefano Manfredi is recognised as one of Australia’s leading chefs and internationally as a master of modern Italian cuisine. He has influenced the way we eat since first opening The Restaurant Manfredi in 1983, which was awarded a coveted Three Chefs Hats by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 1995.
More than two decades later, Manfredi has owned and operated several restaurants in Sydney, most notably the award winning Restaurant Manfredi (1983-1996) and Bel Mondo (1996-2002). In October 2002, Manfredi traveled to Italy to be presented with the inaugural trophy from the Italian International Culinary Institute for Foreigners by the Italian Prime Minister and his inclusion as one of Italy’s internationally recognised chefs in the first English translation of The Silver Spoon 2005 firmly cemented his reputation as ‘The Godfather’ of Italo-Australian cooking. He recently contributed to the second edition of The Silver Spoon, re-released in September 2011.
Since 1989, Manfredi has continued to write on food and cooking, published four books, taught and presented master classes, made numerous television appearances locally and overseas, developed the successful coffee brand Espresso di Manfredi by Piazza D'Oro and remains a passionate advocate for local, sustainable and seasonal produce.
In December 2007, inspired by its coastal and rural setting, Manfredi took the helm at Manfredi at Bells restaurant, located onsite at Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa. Here he has overseen the planting of extensive kitchen gardens to inspire a more pastoral rendition of his cuisine. While Manfredi’s influence is also to be experienced at sister property Pretty Beach House.
Whilst maintaining his commitment at Manfredi at Bells, and Pretty Beach House in September 2011, the Manfredi team opened Balla at The Star casino, heralding Stefano’s much-anticipated return to the Sydney dining scene. The 160-seater restaurant offers modern Milanese cuisine in an Italian Osteria setting.... Read more.