Aldo Zilli is a celebrity chef based in London, United Kingdom, who is most famous for his role in advising the award-winning San Carlo group, which owns various restaurants with his expertise and helping the group to grow bigger in London.
He was also the founder and owner of some of London’s most famous, exciting, and innovative restaurants, such as Signor Zilli, Zilli Green, Zilli Café, and Zilli Bar.
Aldo Zilli was born on the 26th of January 1956 in the small seaside town of Alba Adriatica, Abruzzo, Italy, to his parents and grew up in the town along with his eight other siblings. However, he later shifted to London.
He first started his cooking sessions with his mother and later developed his interest in Italian cuisine. As a result, Aldo pursued his interest by joining the catering college. When he reached the age of 20, he moved to London to further pursue his interest in Italian cuisine.
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Aldo Zilli’s Net Worth.
According to numerous reliable sources, Aldo is estimated to have a net worth of $10 million. The majority of his fortune comes from his severally owned restaurants and also from his television show appearances.
Aldo Zilli became very famous in the culinary world due to his appearances on numerous hit cookery shows. He has judged two seasons of Celebrity MasterChef in the year 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Similarly, Aldo also judged other shows, such as Who’s Doing the Dishes?, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, This Morning and Daybreak, Lorraine, Through the Keyhole with Keith Lemon, Jeremy Vine, Big Star’s Little Star, Celebrity Chase, Put Your Menu Where Your Mouth Is, and Country Show Cook-Off for the channel BBC2, The One Show, The Real Hustle.
Aldo Zilli has his own primetime ITV documentary known as Home Is Where the Heart Is. This show helped gain more popularity worldwide, and soon became one of the most celebrated chefs in the world.
In recent memories, Aldo and his partner chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, won the third season of the Channel 4 show Celebrity Hunted in the year 2019.
Aldo has always supported charities over a long period of time and is currently sponsoring the charity Bowel Cancer UK.
As of 2023, Aldo has written and published 10 books which include various cookbooks and two autobiographies named Being Zilli and My Italian Country Childhood.
In 2012, one of his cookbooks, Fresh & Green: Over 100 new exciting vegetarian recipes, was featured in the Telegraph’s Top Ten Cookery Books.
In the present day, Aldo continues to write unique cookbooks and is currently writing a weekly column for the Daily Express Saturday magazine. He previously has written for many publications, which include The Sun.
Besides appearing in TV shows, this multimillionaire chef has also hosted radio shows where he presents a bi-weekly show on Soho Radio.
Apart from being the co-founder and owner of various innovative restaurants in London, he had a seafood restaurant called Zilli Fish, which was a Soho institution and had been in operation for over 15 years. But it closed in March 2012 when Aldo decided to take a retirement from being a chef as he wanted to embark on other ventures.
Aldo then went up to team up with several institutions such as Dean Dunham to establish Baby Zilli, developing and selling organic baby food in 2008. It remained funded by the founders until 2011.
He also partnered with Ethos Housewares to produce a range of cookware under the Aldo Zilli brand in the same year. But it proved to be unsuccessful and was discontinued because of the poor sales in the same year.
In subsequent years, Aldo worked with Italian takeaway chain Firezza from 2015 to 2016, and also with an Italian restaurant chain Prezzo, where his award-winning VIPizza proved to be extremely successful that led him to collaborate with M Kitchen at Morrisons supermarket nationwide.
He then became a brand ambassador for Saclà Italia in 2015 and became the brand ambassador for CocoPacific coconut oil in the following year.
Aldo Zilli’s Wife Nikki Zilli and Marriage.
As of now, Aldo has married twice in his life. His first marriage was with a woman named Jan Zilli. However, they have successfully kept their relationship details away from the public as much as possible.
Moreover, it came to the media’s attention that the couple has divorced.
Today, Aldo is happily married to his wife, Nikki Zilli, and there are no rumours to date about their separation. The couple tied the knot back in 2005.
Aldo and his Wife Nikki Zilli have 2 Kids Together.
The multi-millionaire chef has a total of three children with both wives. Her first child was a daughter, Laura Zilli, who is a model and singer by profession.
She married Nick Gold in April 2018 in a spectacular beachside wedding venue. However, after barely 2 years of marriage, the duo is filing divorce papers.
Likewise, Aldo has two children from Nikki Zilli. They are Rocco Zilli, who was born in 2006, and Twiggy, born in 2008.
Achievements and Awards.
A two-decade experienced and award-winning chef, Aldo is currently working at a reality television show, Celebrity Fit Club. So far, he has won Favorite Showbiz Restaurant for Signor Zilli in the Capital Radio Awards.
Aldo Zilli’s Wiki-Facts.
|26 January 1956
|Alba Adriatica, Abruzzo, Italy
|5 feet 8 inches
|Chef, TV Personality, Entrepreneur
|Nikki (Welch) Zilli
|Jan Zilli (Divorced)
|Laura Zilli, Rocco Zilli, and Twiggy Zilli
|Being Zilli, My Italian Country Childhood, Fresh & Green: over 100 new exciting vegetarian recipes.
|Top Ten Cookery Books 2012 for Fresh & Green: over 100 new exciting vegetarian recipes, World record for the most times a pancake is flipped in 1 minute (117 flips/minute)