Chef Donatella Zampoli

Chef Donatella Zampoli for Marchesi de Frescobaldi

Chef Donatella Zampoli's culinary career began more than 20 years ago, when she was the chef at Mas del Saugo restaurant in Cavalese, a town located in the Dolomites region of Northern Italy. Her innovative cuisine earned the restaurant a Michelin star. After eight years at the restaurant, Donatella began organizing various culinary events around Europe and became a consultant to the hospitality industry. She served as the consulting executive chef for Italian cuisine alongside Wolfgang Puck when Orient Lines launched its luxury cruise liner, Marco Polo, in the early 1990s.

Since then she has worked with some of Tuscany's most famous wineries as a hospitality and gastronomical consultant, combining her passion for food with Italy's legendary food friendly wines. Since 1998, Donatella has managed the hospitality programs and remained the primary culinary director for the Frescobaldi family in Tuscany. In this role, she coordinates all special events at the Frescobaldi estates, oversees the development of the hospitality and tour programs, and trains all kitchen and service staff.