The Italian government has awarded Chef Antonio Carmine Lombardi the Stella al Merito del Lavoro which comes with a new title, Maestro del Lavoro. This prestigious award recognizes Italian citizens who have distinguished themselves through outstanding skill, hard work, and moral conduct. Chef Lombardi, who is currently based in Istanbul, is Corporate Executive Chef of the Turkish Group Mezzaluna. He began his international career while still performing his military service in Alexandria. After a short stint in Milan working at the Tuscan restaurant, Delfino, he got his first big break in New York at the restaurant Paper Moon in 1989. In 1997 he accepted an offer from Giorgio Armani to open the Emporio Armani Caffé in Istanbul where he served as Executive Chef. It was during that period that he became a television and media personality in Italy and abroad collaborating with local and foreign magazines, newspapers, and television outlets. In 2007 he began working as Executive Chef for Mezzaluna, heading 8 restaurants and 130 cooks and plans for significant growth in the near future.
Itchefs congratulates Chef Lombardi for this great and well-deserved honour!