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"Italian food is all about ingredients and it's not fussy and it's not fancy" – Wolfgang Puck

Arguably, Italy's greatest culinary export after its plethora of homegrown World Class ingredients is its people. Italian chefs can be found working in, (Italian) restaurants all over the World bringing with them their own mercurial touches to the food they work with and whilst not always perfect they certainly bring passion and culture where ever they work.

Our story

A couple of years ago we faced a situation where we suddenly lost half (4) of our kitchen brigade at our Fox Valley (Sheffield) restaurant just two months before the busy Christmas period. After contacting 5 specialist chef agencies in London, Manchester and Leeds none were able to help so we decided to work the other way round.

We called our cousin Max in Italy and asked him if he could help. Max knew Leo. Leo is a chef maestro in 4 different catering schools in the Emilia-Romagna region. It wasn't long before we had our CVs being sent across and a month later candidates were coming over from Italy to fill the vacancies.

Since then we've sourced all our chefs for our London and Fox Valley restaurants from Italy and with the supply chain set up, we've also started supplying other restaurants and Hotels.

" The Ponti's team have done a great job supplying us with chefs for our main kitchens. The team members settles in quickly and have been great assets in our business "
Adrian Pickard, Managing Director, Hoard Cross Hall

We have now set up a specialist division with Max, Leo and Loredanna specializing in recruiting chefs (from Pizzaiolos, CdeP, Sous, Head Chefs, waiting staff) directly from Italy.

We offer competitive rates and as operators ourselves with over 50 years' experience in running cafés and restaurants we know what the key issues are for finding the right person for your kitchen and front of house team.

We're not miracle workers but as we say in Italy, "Conosco i miei polli" (I know my chickens i.e. the basics!).

Happy Chickens

If you'd like to speak to either Stefano or Gabi, please complete the form below and we'll contact you at your convenience to discuss your requirements.

" We were stuck for chefs and Ponti's came to the rescue by finding us a couple of great CdP, they were fantastic to deal with and the Chefs have proved to be absolutely brilliant "
Adrian Pearson, Managing Director Huxley's Restaurant

Leonardo, Loredana and Max in their Piacenza Office.


All candidates are spoken to and vetted by them before coming to the U.K

Latest News

It's been a busy August for us and we have succesfully completed the placements of:

A Group Executive Chef of a multi restaurant and Hotel Group in the Cotswolds.
Head Pizza Chef for new Pizzeria Opening in September.
Chef De Partie.
2x Sous Chefs.
Restaurant Manager.

We are now have candidates ready to be placed in the following roles:

Claudio - experienced Head Chef looking to return to the Far East for Group role / outstanding cooking skills and excellent references.
Michele - experienced head Chef with superb experience with a Global Catering Company looking to work in the Middle east.
Marco - Pizza chef with 20 years experience looking for a UK placement.

We also have other chefs available in September in the role in Pizzaiolos, Senior Sous and Sous Chefs.

Please contact us with your requirements - we won't make any promises of a miracle but with some ingenuity, courage and hard work we will find you some great people!

Ponti's Italian Kitchen, 5-7 John Princes St, London, W1G OJN
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