Stefano Manfredi is one of leading exponents of modern Italian cuisine. In 1961 the Manfredi family arrived in Australia from Lombardy in the north of Italy. Stefano brought food and memories from the kitchen of his mother and grandmother, one of Lombardy's finest cooks, to his new home. Stefano has been an award-winning chef and restaurateur since the early 1980s, translating the flavours and recipes of his childhood into contemporary Italian food. For more than two decades he has owned and operated restaurants in Sydney. He is also an author, food writer and columnist. In 2005, Stefano Manfredi was one of a small group of celebrated Italian chefs to be included in the first English edition of the classic Italian cookbook, The Silver Spoon.