Epicure Vietnam

THE ITALIAN PIONEER BEPPE DE VITO, CHEF-RESTAURATE­UR, ILLIDO GROUP

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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.

GREAT EXPECTATIO­NS

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.”

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