Published on : Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul announces the appointment of Ciro Petrone as the new Chef de Cuisine of the Hotel’s stylish Italian restaurant Boccalino, where he will oversee and lead the culinary operations. A seasoned Chef with 20 years of experience in Italy and around the world, Chef Petrone will drive the Boccalino team to new heights bringing authentic Italian flavours and beautifully plated dishes to local and international diners in Seoul.
Chef Petrone began his career as a junior chef in catering and banqueting before joining luxury hotel restaurants – many of them Michelin-starred. Chef Petrone is joining Boccalino after spending the last four years at the helm of the one Michelin star restaurant Tosca at Ritz Carlton Hong Kong preceded by Romeo Hotel in Naples, Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, Palazzo Sasso in Amalfi Coast and Park Hyatt in Milan.
Growing up in Naples, “the city of the sun and the sea” on the southwest coast of Italy, Chef Petrone was drawn to the kitchen watching his mother cook pasta and seafood for the family. Those early days inspired his own style of cooking reimagining rustic Italian dishes in a modern way but with flavours his mama used to make.
Chef Petrone is brimming with a desire for Boccalino to be the best Italian restaurant in Seoul. “I want our guests to leave happy, the tastes to be the same through all bites and the presentations as enjoyable for the eyes as for the mouth. The tastes and quality of my food are the same, but the presentation matches the look of the restaurant — simpler, more colourful and playful, almost like the ingredients are in motion on the plate. I want to give our Korean guests something they haven’t experienced before.”
“The search has been an extensive one but we wanted to ensure that the Chef we brought in to take over the Boccalino kitchen could lead the team to new heights. When I met Chef Ciro, I was immediately impressed with the quality of his food and his incredible energy and I thought ‘this is what I want for the restaurant.’ His beautifully created plates will be a social media dream and his larger than life personality will soon make him a culinary star in Seoul,” says Vinod Narayan, Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.