Chef Gaetano Ascione is a citizen of the world.
A native of Naples, Italy, his culinary career began when he was awarded a Masters Degree in Hotel Training from Istituto Alberghiero di Stato in Salerno, Italy after earning a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Biology from Duchess County College in Hyde Park, New York. He began his practical experience working as Chef de Partie in Italy, Germany, the UK, and the Bahamas. He was a finalist in the Chef of the Year competition at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore in 2001.
Some of his career highlights include serving two U.S. Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, as Chef de Cuisine at the Georgetown Club in Washington DC. He also served as Executive Chef for the Inaugural Banquet for President Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa.
He has been Executive Chef in such diverse places as the NATO Allied Officer’s Club in Naples, Italy; the Paradise Beach Hotel and Casino in Busan, South Korea; the oldest private club in Singapore—the Tanglin Club; and the Palace Hotel and Casino in Sun City, South Africa.. He has been affiliated with two Two-Star Michelin Restaurants in Cannes-France: the Belle Otero at The Carlton-Hotel under Chef Francis Chaveau, and the Palm D‘or at the Hotel Martinez under Chef Christian Willer. He was chef/owner of two upscale restaurants in Singapore: Gaetano Restaurant & Petrus Wine Bar, and La Stella Restaurant & Life. He has served as a consultant to the Taj Mahal Group of Hotels in India, to the Hilton Seoul in South Korea, and to Marchese Piero Antinori of the world-famous Antinori wine family in Tuscany. He is a member of the Chaine de Rotisseurs, the American Culinary Federation, and the Gruppo Virtuale Cuochi Italiani, a virtual group of Italian chefs who interact online. When Chef Gaetano Ascione is asked about the type of food he serves at his restaurants, he always replies that he serves “only good food.”