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Chef Diego Martinelli
Executive Chef, Le Cirque, The Leela Palace

Originally from Bologna, situated in the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna, Diego is a motivated and dynamic cooking professional with international experience in luxury hotels and successful team such as the Ferrari Racing department in Maranello, Italy.

He is an alumnus from I.A.L. Institute of Culinary Arts in Modena, Italy. An expert in Italian cuisine, Martinelli has attained 16 years of experience across Europe, Middle East and Asia working with five-star luxury hotels including Bulgari Hotels & Resorts and The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore, to name a few.

His multiple language skills with proficiency in Italian, Japanese, Spanish and English make him highly popular with his guests and colleagues alike. Diego at Le Cirque plans to orchestrate a new era in the fine dining industry of India and continue the culinary legacy of The Leela Palace New Delhi with his penchant for creativity and experimentation.