In the spotlight
PUBLISHED: 18:12 30 May 2009 | UPDATED: 14:24 05 October 2010
EDDY Ambrosi, 33, is the managing chef at Frizzante Café and Restaurant at Hackney City Farm, just off Hackney Road. He describes the café menu as modern European with an Italian touch . Home made pasta dishes and risotto are served alongside a tradition
EDDY Ambrosi, 33, is the managing chef at Frizzante Café and Restaurant at Hackney City Farm, just off Hackney Road.
He describes the café menu as "modern European with an Italian touch". Home made pasta dishes and risotto are served alongside a traditional British roast on Sundays. Many of the herbs, salads and vegetables come from the farm's own garden while the meat is mostly sourced from or a small farm in Kent or the traditional butcher shop HE Tidiman at Broadway Market. But Eddy recently cooked a pig from the city farm and is hoping to start using more meat from the farm itself.
Where are you from?
I'm from Verona in North Italy where I went to catering college for three years. After becoming a chef I did seasonal jobs at Lake Garda in the summer and a ski resort called Madonna de Campiglio in the winter.
I came to London in 1997 because of my then girlfriend working here. I first worked in the café at the Institute of Contemporary Art and at the Grosvenor Hotel.
After splitting up with my girlfriend I was looking for an opportunity to stay.
This café only used to be open at weekends, so I and my friend and business partner, Armando Varlotta, saw a business opportunity. The people at the farm agreed to us taking over the café in 2002 and it's now open every day except Monday.
I live in nearby Queensbridge Road.
What do you like about the East End?
I like the mixed culture and markets and independent shops, but I'm always working at the weekends so don't get to go out much. If I did I would go to Brick Lane or the area round where I live.
What don't you like about the East End?
Water companies always seem to be digging up and closing the roads even don't you don't actually see anyone working there. I get around by scooter or bicycle so that annoys me.
What do you do to relax?
I like growing my own herbs and vegs but I don't have a garden. I have some recycled bread baskets on my patio where I have tomato plants, rocket and other herbs.
Otherwise I like cycling through London fields or Vicky Park.
What are you doing this weekend?
I'm having a barbeque with my colleagues in the outdoor area of the café after work.
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