The TV tie-in cookbook to accompany Gino's new Italian Escape series on ITV this autumn: GINO'S ITALIAN COASTAL ESCAPE.
Everyone's favourite Italian chef takes us on a journey of discovery, as he sails along the stunning coast of Italy to explore delicious, local food by the sea. Off the beaten track and into the markets, kitchens and restaurants where the very best authentic, seasonal Italian ingredients and culinary traditions can be found - Gino visits tiny fishing villages and hidden beaches, as well as bigger bustling seaside resorts. And just because he's by the sea, it's not all about fish and seafood, although that's obviously a big part of the story. Gino also discovers there are plenty of other recipes to try from mouth-watering pastas, fresh salads and sumptuous desserts.This book is a collection of recipes that will delight all lovers of Italian food and give us a true taste of the beauty of the Italian coast that lies along the way.
Chapters will include: Antipasti; Pasta and Rice; Pizza; Fish; Shellfish and Seafood; Poultry and Meat; Salads, Sides and Accompaniments; Desserts.
Gino was born in Napoli in the south of Italy into a large family. The food they ate was very traditional - simple recipes based on fresh and healthy fruit, vegetables, fish and meat.
'My grandfather said that a good recipe doesn't need many ingredients because if the ingredients are good quality and full of flavour, why do you have to cover up or change their taste'. This is a philosophy Gino has stuck to since he first started in the kitchen. After training at the Luigi de Medici Catering College, Gino came to London at 19 and worked at The Orchard Restaurant in Hampstead and then at the Cambio restaurant in Surrey.
Working with Tesco on their Finest range led to his first TV appearance on Great Food Live on UKTV Food and a TV chef was born! With a cheeky smile and exceptional talent, he was well on the way to becoming one of the UKs most popular chefs.
Gino is the author of several best-selling books including Fantastico!, Gino's Pasta, Italian Home Baking and Gino's Italian Escape.
He is married to Jessica and they have three children, Luciano, Rocco and Mia.