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Young and dynamic chef with different experiences in catering kitchens and estimated hotels, has developed a consolidated experience in the organization of banquets for greats events. His experience in the kitchen led him to manage an entire brigade of an important starred restaurant in Valtellina, his homeland. He is the core figure at the Demetra Food Academy.


Young chef trained at the prestigious Alma di Colorno (Pr), the international schoolod Italian Cuisine by Gualtiero Marchesi. The attentiond to the detail in the culinary art has been put into practice in some professional experiences, including a renowned Valtellina starred restaurant, his native land. At the end of 2018, her resourcefulness and desire to explore new activities motivated him to join the Demetra Food Academy team.

EMANUELE TUA – Chef Promoter

A chef with proven experience, capable of masterful management of all the aspects of food service from mis en place to the creation of splendid desserts. An attentive and competent professional in both cookery techniques and food cost management in particular, he opened and managed various eating businesses both in Italy and abroad, providing consultancy for innovative projects.


2010 “Pizza Classica” and 2013 “Pizza in Pala” world champion, he is an instructor at the Accademia Pizzaioli. “I am passionate about creating pizzas with unique flavour, combining exclusive ingredients”, says Gianni Calaon, who loves to follow his creations from preparation of the dough through to final presentation with attention paid to the finest details.

GAIA ERCOLI - Meat Chef Specialist

Young chef, graduated in archeology, she grew up in the family butcher shop where she developed a thorough knowledge on meat and its processing. In his work she shares the thought of the French writer Daniel Pennac  that says «It works in the kitchen as in the most beautiful artworks: you don't know anything about a dish as long as you ignore the intention that gave birth to it.».


A dynamic and skilled chef, famous in the Cádiz province. He studied at the Escuela de Hostelería in Cádiz and developed his knowledge through significant experiences in Michelin starred restaurants in Barcelona. Since 2001 he is the owner of El Laúl Vinos y Tapas and since 2005 also chef and owner of the restaurant El Laúl in Puerto de Santa María. Since 2019 he is part of the Demetra Food Academy team for the Iberian peninsula.

DAVIDE PINI – Marketing Coach

Expert communicator, a serious professional ever attentive to market changes, he works in marketing for the food service sector. He set up the “Gastromarketing” movement, with which he follows the entire food service world, training and informing all the operators in ‘food outside the home’. His participation in a huge number of international fairs and experience gained from the many articles he has written for specialist magazines, make him the right person to provide tangible tools for improving daily work.


Demetra is sponsor of Giro d'Italia APCI from which we selected some chefs to represent the national pride in the kitchen. As a consequence is born a collaborative relationship between DEMETRA FOOD ACADEMY and the Team APCI CHEF ITALIA. 

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