After honing his culinary skills in his native Lombardy, then stints in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in France, chef Alessandro Pavoni settled in Australia in 2003, landing the role of Executive Chef at Sydney's Park Hyatt. In 2009 he realised his dream of opening his own restaurant, and Ormeggio at The Spit, was born, taking Sydney's dining scene by storm. Within nine months , Alessandro was awarded a coveted Chef's Hat in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, then was included in The Australian's prestigious Top 50 Restaurants. In 2014, Alessandro opened Via Alta in Sydney's Willoughby, featuring the flavours and time-honoured recipes of his beloved Lombardy – and this is the food he shares with us in his first cookbook. For more information see alessandropavoni.com.au.