Tony Leonardi appointed chef de cuisine of Carna by Dario Cecchini

Tony Leonardi appointed chef de cuisine of Carna by Dario Cecchini

Born and raised in Paris, France, Cecchini began his culinary journey at the age of 18, having been inspired by his love for the art of cooking and great produce, a decision that was greatly supported by his mentors and master chefs Christian Etchebest, Yves Camdeborde and Jean Francois Piege.

In 2007, Cecchini began his career as a commis apprentice at Le Troquet Christian Etchebest Bistro Restaurant and was promoted to chef de partie in 2010, also receiving a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and culinary arts from the Médéric Ecole Hôtelière de Paris in the same year.
Cecchini has since worked at a number of renowned restaurants, such as Le Relais Saint Germain Paris Gastronomique Restaurant, as well as Michelin-starred venues across Paris, such as Jean Francois Piege Restaurant & Brasserie (Thoumieux), where he spent two years. From 2018 to 2019, he was based at L’Espadon, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the renowned Ritz Hotel Paris, before becoming a private chef in Dubai and Paris, opening his own F&B consultancy.
In his new role, Cecchini continues to hone his skills as he embarks on a new journey at Carna by Dario Cecchini, the conscious, contemporary steakhouse at the famed SLS Dubai.
As an artist in his profession, he continuously explores the creative potential of ingredients and pushes the boundaries of taste in his ongoing culinary journey in Dubai.


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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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