LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA : The Danna Langkawi, a leading and award-winning 5-star luxury beach resort, is delighted to announce the appointment of Giuliano Berta as its new Executive Chef.
Giuliano received his unique experience from around the world and will oversee the culinary operations in his new role, including kitchen management, restaurant, bar and lounge, banquet events, in-room dining and menu planning amongst others while ensuring high-quality services to achieve customer satisfaction.
Giuliano specialises in authentic Italian cuisine and draws his inspiration from his travels to create flavours that are classic yet innovative. His attention to details is meticulous every step of the way and over the years he has developed his own standard of cuisine with a deep commitment to hospitality.
Born in Brescia, Italy, Giuliano discovered his love for food at a young age after being inspired by his mother. Having spent most of his time with her, he was taught to appreciate the hard work that goes into preparing a meal, watching her carefully craft recipes and he quickly learnt the importance of local and fresh produce.
He began his career at the age of 16 as a part-timer in Park Hotel Ca’ No, Brescia and continued his culinary journey to La Casa in Bedizzole, a Michelin star restaurant, in 1996. His illustrious career took off when he was selected as the Executive Chef and Operations Manager for Garibaldi Kuala Lumpur, a two-outlet concept Italian restaurant from Singapore awarded as a one-star Michelin fine dining restaurant and a social house bar.
During his time at Garibaldi Kuala Lumpur, Giuliano was responsible for pre-opening the restaurant, including recruiting and training the culinary team. He played a pivotal role in establishing a benchmark so as it was recognised as the Best Italian Fine Dining Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur by TimeOut KL.
With over 20 years of professional experience in key international establishments, prestigious five-star hotels and free-standing restaurants in South East Asia, Middle East and Europe, Giuliano has melded his interest in global culture with his love for the culinary arts and often marries classic dishes with seasonal ingredients, his signature, however, is combining innovative contemporary techniques with modern interpretations.
Some of his past experiences include Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Ocha & Bella in Morrissey Hotel Jakarta, Shangri-la Hotel Manila, Pullman Hotel Bali, Hotel Muse Bangkok and Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai where he hosted Chaîne des Rôtisseurs as part of the property’s gastronomic journey.
A man on a mission, Giuliano has received notable accolades and recognitions for his culinary expertise such as Thailand’s Best Restaurant 2020 for Medici Kitchen & Bar by Thailand Tatler and he was also featured on Iron Chef Thailand.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Giuliano Berta to The Danna Langkawi family. With his vast repertoire of classical cuisine, we look forward to providing our guests with an innovative and elegant gastronomic journey at our resort. With a flair for Italian and European specialties, Giuliano is a epicurean mastermind who is set to bring a fresh level of creativity to the culinary landscape in Langkawi,” said Karan Singh, General Manager.
Giuliano holds a diploma in Hotel Management and Culinary Arts, graduating from IPSSAR Caterina De’ Medici, Italy. During his leisure time, he loves to explore local cuisines, get into his fitness regime and spend time with his family.