Get to know me better
I am a chef who loves cooking, the history of the cuisine of peoples and traditions, with great attention to the first product
Owner and chef of Shardana Catering, Stefano always watched and helped his mother and grandmother cook for their Saturday lunch during his childhood. It was a special day for the family, and their way to get together.
Whenever he saw them making some fresh pasta, the boiling water, the golden roast lamb cooking in the oven, and the scent that was in the air, he was in love with those sensations. So much so that he has made it his profession.
When he was 18, he started working for the first time in a restaurant kitchen in his beloved home region, Sardinia (Italy). Year after year, he managed to work in good restaurants where he met chefs who mentored and inspired him. He learnt how to recognise and use the best products and refine my techniques.
His leap in quality came when he decided to invest his savings and join the best Italian School, Alma, directed by the greatest Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi. It left him overwhelmed by passion, and he started to work in Michelin starred restaurants.
“When I am in the kitchen, I like to create quality food through the enhancement of the natural flavours of each ingredient. For this reason, at Shardana, I always try to use products from local small farmers and artisans.
This way, I’m sure of their high quality, and I am able to share their passion and love of the products.”
For me, cooking is...
The kitchen is time and memory, many people do not remember a single dish of starred places where they dined: for me it makes no sense. (G. Marchesi)
I learned to cook at...
I started at 17 in the best hotels in Sardinia and then made the "Alma" the best school in Italy which had Rector Gualtiero Marchesi.
A role model in the kitchen is...
There are various chefs whom I respect and follow from the past and present, but I have my own personality and vision, as it is right.
A cooking secret...
If you have a quality, seasonal product and cook with respect, you have made 80% of the success
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Edinburgh.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Edinburgh. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Edinburgh.
Stefano's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Book your experience with Chef Stefano
Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.