Perth born Chef, Paul Salmeri, has always had a passion for food. Growing up in an Italian household eating was just a part of life, with vegetables growing in the Garden and watching his Father cook, an interest of good food was always there. After six years in the Australian Navy it was time to take his love for food seriously and professionally and it wasn’t long after he moved to Florence, Italy, to attend the Apicius International Culinary School.
Whilst combining his studies with running Tuscan food and wine tours, he was awarded in 2007 “The James Beard Scholarship”.
After Graduating, Paul commenced working at the Apicius Culinary School and Florence University of Arts partner restaurant, “Ganzo”. There Paul worked up to Sous Chef and then Restaurant Manager. Ganzo is an artistic space where students learn from other Chefs about both the kitchen and front of house operations. Summer breaks were spent traveling all over Italy learning more about regional Italian food and working at Ristorante “Il Capriccio”, it was here Paul learnt the art of Sicilian cuisine.
To continue developing his cooking, in 2012 Paul accepted a job at the prestigious Michelin Star restaurant “The River Café”, London. It was here under the guidance of Chef Ruth Rogers, in one of the finest Italian kitchens in London, that Paul truly developed and fine-tuned his skills.
Paul returned to Australia in 2015 and launched the ‘Chef Salmeri’ enterprise that delivers his culinary passion through a range of exciting offerings!