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MARCO NARDI, Restaurant General Manager

Marco Nardi - Restaurant ManagerMarco is a very passionate professional, and just like one of his favourite wines - he is considered a "biodynamic" manager.

His hospitality background started at the age of 14 in Italy, when he decided to join Hospitality School with the goal of one becoming a great Chef.

After a summer season in a hot, Italian kitchen - he realized  that he was missing the direct contact with guests, hence why in his 2nd year he decided to focus on Restaurant & Bar Management.

At the age of 15, during his first international experience at The Palace Hotel in Gstaad ( Switzerland ) he discovered what later would become his great passion and obsession - wine.

During his 3rd year at Hospitality School, he started researching hotels and restaurants with great and notable wine lists and Sommeliers to work with, and thus he ended up working at several Relais & Chateaux properties in Italy and Europe, where he finally reached a Manager position as Matire Hotel and Head Sommelier at Saint Hubertus Resort in Cervinia ( Italy ).

Finally deciding to search for a new challenge, at the age of just 25 years old, Marco has moved to UK which in his view is considered " one of the most open-minded country when it comes to speaking and discovering wine ".
His first steps led him to Chewton Glen Hotel in Hampshire, under the guidance of Francesco Gabriele (now the Wine Director at Chewton Glen). There he had the chance to be a part of a two year consecutive Best Wine List in UK and had the opportunity to approach the world of the Sommelier competition. During his time at Chewton he reached Management level within the Sommelier department before spending big part of his last couple of months there as a Restaurant Manager.

He joined the Team at L'Ortolan at the beginning of September 2018 as the new Restaurant General Manager, willing to improve within the "Michelin world of fine dining" and by working closely with our Head Chef Tom Clarke, aiming to improve further the exquisite dining experience we provide.