Francesco Ascrizzi was born in Calabria Italy, where his passion for cooking started. Francesco has learned a lot from his grandmother who taught him all the secrets of traditional homemade food, but also taught him that you never stop learning and you have to be creative. He has travelled and worked all over Italy, from Veneto to Sicily, learning the different regional traditions, techniques, and food cultures and anything new from the Italian tradition.
Francesco moved to Edinburgh in 2014 and worked for Mark Greenaway and then for Tony Borthwick at the Plumed Horse. After 2 years, Francesco started to work as Head Chef for Divino Enoteca, creating mouthwatering menus and bringing the authentic Italian food to Edinburgh. Francesco also loves to travel and discover different cooking styles he is always learning. He recently travelled to France and Malaysia, expanding his knowledge and style with new ideas and fusions.