Enrico Gerli was born in Vigevano 1962.
When his customers ask to Enrico if he frequented a school for chefs, he says “No!”. Enrico Gerli studies and obtains a diploma in literary subjects. On the point of obtaining a degree and and a diploma in conservatoire, he has a big passion that burns and starts from the stoves that he often inflames to receive his friends in his family’s house in the countryside of Vigevano. Luisa, girlfriend at that time and today’s wife, foments the flame. So, his artistic vein leaves the piano, moves on other instruments, the technical diagrams give space to smelling ingredients, to refined wine, other big passion of him, and he becomes the Chef Enrico Gerli, owner of the restaurant I Castagni, just in that family’s house where he was used to receiving his friends. A story of passion that continues for over 20 years, constantly illuminated by a Michelin star that makes I Castagni a sure landmark for gourmet people and for who appreciate the art and the passion of the “drinker Chef in Vigevano”, as the Chef Enrico Gerli likes describe himself.
Enrico Gerli’s dishes are firmly joined to the Lombardic tradition, point of force for a re-examination that awards the research and the gastronomic inspiration of the chef who, anyway, doesn’t despise other regional expressions.

Chef's Program

Monday, 19th November
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Pierchic - Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah - Dubai

Italian Wine List Awards at PierChich and Best Kept Secrets Lunch: “Hidden gems of Italian grapes”

Tuesday, 20th November
07:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Armani Restaurant - Burj Khalifa - Lobby Level, Armani Hotel - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd - Dubai

Opening gala dinner “10 years – 10 Michelin starred chefs”

Wednesday, 21st November
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Five Hotel the Palm Jumeirah No 1 Palm Jumeirah - Dubai

Gelato Dubai, the Coolest Night of the Year

Thursday, 22nd November
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Vivaldi By Alfedo Russo - Baniyas Street/Creek Road - Dubai

Alfredo Russo presents “Night of the Stars

Friday, 23rd November
12:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Bice - Hilton Hotel JBR The Walk Jumeirah Beach - Dubai - Emirati Arabi Uniti

Italian Taste of Dubai Festival