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JORDAN FROSOLONE, Executive Chef Partner
Born and raised in Chicago, Jordan’s career in food began in 1998 working for notable area restaurants such as Coco Pazzo, Blackbird, and NoMi. With a deep passion for Italian cuisine, JORDAN FROSOLONE moved to Italy in 2002 and worked in restaurants in both Spoleto and Florence. With refined skills and deeper culinary aptitude, Jordan moved back to the United States in 2003 and spent one year with the culinary team at Bouley before joining Marco Canora at Hearth as a line cook. Showing great promise and genuine talent, Jordan was promoted to Chef de Cuisine in 2006 and remained there until 2011 before joining the team at August as Executive Chef. Not long after, Jordan left the pass to join David Chang’s Momofuku group as Director of Culinary Operations. He spent the next two years traveling throughout New York and Canada overseeing culinary programming and opening three new restaurants in Toronto. Feeling a pull back to the kitchen, Jordan left Momofuku in 2014 to become Executive Chef at Sessanta in Soho. Jordan was the Executive Chef at 10 Corso Como Restaurant in New York City prior to becoming the Executive Chef and partner of the Leopard at Des Artistes in 2020. In 2011 Jordan founded Belsito Gruppo, this organization has been working with farmers, producers, and travel agencies teaching cooking classes and hosting culinary tours in the Tuscany, Puglia and Sicily regions of Italy. Jordan is on the Board of Directors of Gruppo Italiano and also holds black belts in both Seido and Kyokushin styles of karate, which he continues to study in his spare time.
GIANFRANCO SORRENTINO, Managing Partner at Il Gattopardo Group
Originally from Naples, Italy, GIANFRANCO SORRENTINO carries over 30 years of experience in restaurant management, some of these include Quisitana Hotel in Capri, Dorchester Hotel in London, Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo, Bice Restaurant in New York, Sette MoMA Restaurant at The Museum of Modern Art of New York, Union Bar and Grill in Great Barrington, MA, Mozzarella & Vino, and Leopard at Des Artistes, in the New York landmark the Hotel des Artistes. With his wife PAULA BOLLA- SORRENTINO, and his talented Executive Chef VITO GNAZZO, they also run IL GATTOPARD Restaurant and MOZZARELLA & VINO enoteca. Gianfranco is the President of Gruppo Italiano (Gruppo-italiano.com)
PAULA BOLLA-SORRENTINO, Director of Operations at Il Gattopardo Group
Brazilian born and raised, of Italian father from Veneto, PAULA is passionate for art, design, food and Italian culture. With fashion and design background, she had the opportunity of traveling around the world with top designers, as well as worked in one of the most prestigious design firms of New York, Pentagram Design, as Graphic Designer. Graduated from FIT, but with the hospitality industry in her heart, Paula runs all visual and organizational aspects of the company, from back of the house and office operations, to the front of the house, art direction, florals and graphic design - making sure that guests are not only exposed to a wonderful gastronomical event on the table, but to a whole sensorial experience. Paula is the Creative Director of Gruppo Italiano (Gruppo-italiano.com)
VITO GNAZZO, Chef Partner at Il Gattopardo Group
Native of Salerno, Amalfi Coast in Italy, Chef VITO GNAZZO began his culinary career at the three Michelin Star restaurant Antica Osteria del Ponte, in Milan. In 1981 Mr. Gnazzo immigrated to United States to work as Head Chef at one of the best restaurants in the state of California, Il Rex. In 1993 he moved to New York and became Executive Chef at Sette MoMA, where he meets the Sorrentinos. Since that, Vito became a vital part of the Il Gattopardo Group story. His commitment to bringing the best of the Italian culinary traditions to all of his creations has led to him being awarded two stars by The New York Times and two and half stars by the New York Post.