THE ITALIAN PIONEER BEPPE DE VITO, CHEF-RESTAURATEUR, ILLIDO GROUP
BLAZING THE TRAIL
The pioneering chef-restaurateur has contributed greatly to the development of the Italian dining scene in Singapore through his work at the illido Group, which counts multiple beloved dining establishments in the industry. These include Southbridge, AURA, Amo, Art, and one Michelin-starred Braci. Driven by a passionate work philosophy and a penchant for showcasing the best of Italian hospitality, De Vito’s commitment is evident in his close involvement with menus, design and service.
De Vito’s work has been largely recognised by many industry players; besides glitzy collaborations with fellow Michelin-starred chefs around the world and numerous other restaurant awards, Braci has retained its star for three years running. A focus on ingredient-driven cuisine has also led De Vito to showcase more unique Italian ingredients at Art, such as hand-shelled Toritto almonds, Khorasan semolina flour from Puglia, and even olive oil grown by his family’s farm. He is also looking to add to his portfolio with Levant, a cosmopolitan rooftop bar in Tanjong Pagar.
THE OM FACTOR
“Respect is the centre of all that I do. Having gone through every restaurant role conceivable, I believe that it is important to respect everything that comes into contact with my food; the ingredients, producers, diners, and fellow colleagues. For instance, my business philosophy has always been that the customers come first. You elevate their dining experience with unparalleled hospitality, attention to detail and wonderful dishes, and they will always leave your restaurant with a smile.”