(06 Jun 2021) The Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay has appointed Leonardo Di Clemente as Executive Chef.
Born in Bisceglie on the southeast coast of Italy, Leonardo is a graduate of Addetto Al Servizi Alberghieri Di Cucina Bari.
He has been with Four Seasons for two decades, working his way up through the ranks to become one of the most highly respected chefs of his generation.
His time with the luxury hotel company has seen him work at the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest, Hungary; Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so, Japan (formerly a Four Seasons hotel); Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf, United Kingdom (formerly a Four Seasons hotel); Hotel Suvretta House St Moritz, Switzerland; I Luoghi di Pitti Relais Altamura, Italy; and most recently, the Four Seasons Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic.
Leonardo has also spent time teaching at Boscolo Etoile Academy, one of the most prestigious catering institutes in Italy.
At Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, he will oversee three of the hotel’s dining outlets (Bay View, Bahrain Bay Kitchen, Beach Deck), in-room dining, and catering.
“While I started my journey rooted in Italy’s rich culinary heritage and Mediterranean cuisine, travelling has influenced my culinary knowledge in substantial ways, allowing me to experience new flavours, cooking techniques and cultures from Asia, Europe and beyond,” said Leonardo. “What excites me about starting my journey in the Kingdom of Bahrain is the opportunity to embrace the culinary history of the region, particularly with its unique flavour combinations and ingredients including Arabic spices.”
When not in the kitchen, Leonardo enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and can often be found scouring the local markets in search of fresh seasonal ingredients to inspire his next dish.