As Executive Chef, Chef Ciccone heads all culinary operations in the Hotel, including Banquets. Chef Ciccone was born in Locorotondo near Bari in southeast Italy, where as he said, “Life is all about fresh seafood and good quality wine!” From the age of four, he would spend hours watching his mother cook. Her deft skills left him enthralled with the desire to become a chef just like her. At 13, he started working at a seafood restaurant every afternoon after school to learn as many culinary secrets as he could. The following year, he enrolled into a school of hospitality in his hometown. Over the next few summers, he was Chef de Partie in the pastry section of a five-star hotel in Italy. At 19, Chef Angelo began his culinary career at Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf, he worked at the pastry kitchen before rising through the ranks to become Sous Chef at Quadrato, the Hotel’s Italian restaurant. Six years later, Chef Angelo moved to Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh where he became Restaurant Chef at Quattro, an Italian fine dining restaurant.
In March 2008, Chef Angelo’s passion for Asia brought him to Basilico as Restaurant Chef and conductor of the restaurant’s Italian cooking classes. With his seasonal menus and wine dinners, Chef Angelo delights guests with wholesome flavours using top-grade Italian ingredients. He was then subsequently promoted to Executive Sous-Chef before assuming the role of Executive Chef in 2017. “When I’d joined Regent Singapore, my aim was to bring my love and knowledge of Italian food to Singapore,’’ he said. “It has been an exciting experience and Basilico is now one of the names that locals resonate with when looking for a good Italian restaurant in the city. Home to one of World’s Best Bar, a Michelin one-star Cantonese restaurant and with the recent re-opening of our outlets Tea Lounge and Dolcetto by Basilico, I’m excited to continue my journey in this Hotel. It’s the one-stop foodie destination for any traveller coming to Singapore,’’ he says. Chef Angelo speaks Italian, English, some French and Spanish. He also enjoys playing chess, golf and football in his leisure time.