New restaurant manager at Contessa

Matteo Melcore now at the helm.
Matteo Melcore at the Contessa Conservatory.

Contessa, the flagship restaurant of The Phoenicia Malta, is delighted to announce the appointment of Matteo Melcore as its new Restaurant Manager. With an illustrious career spanning continents and culinary experiences, Matteo brings a wealth of expertise and a passion for excellence to his new role.

Matteo’s journey into the world of gastronomy began at a young age, shaped by his family’s fish restaurant in the south of Italy. Spending his formative years working alongside his siblings during summers, Matteo developed a deep-seated love for food and hospitality. This early exposure ignited a lifelong pursuit of culinary excellence.

After relocating to Rome for his studies in journalism, Matteo continued to fuel his passion for food by working in renowned restaurants during weekends. His dedication and hard work led him to graduate while gaining invaluable experience in the culinary world.

At the age of 30, Matteo embarked on a new chapter in London, where he rekindled his career in hospitality. Starting from the bottom, he worked his way up the ranks, eventually becoming the General Manager of a prestigious fine dining establishment within a remarkably short span of 3.5 years. His tenure in London also included a transformative experience at Compass Group, where he collaborated with culinary luminary Michel Roux and then oversaw operations in various international locations, including the Caribbean, through his time with Piccolino Individual Restaurants.

Following his successful stint in London, Matteo ventured back to his roots in Italy and later to the Netherlands, where he contributed his expertise to the opening of a restaurant, focusing primarily on training and development.

Now, Matteo brings his extensive background and unwavering commitment to excellence to Contessa at The Phoenicia Malta. Embracing the opportunity to be part of an iconic hotel, Matteo is dedicated to elevating Contessa’s reputation even further, ensuring that the team takes immense pride in their association with the restaurant.

Beyond his professional endeavours, Matteo exhibits a compassionate side, as evidenced by his involvement in teaching telecommunications to children with special needs during the Covid lockdown. His empathy and altruism reflect his genuine desire to make a positive impact on the community.

Speaking about his new role, Matteo expressed his enthusiasm, saying, “I am here to be part of a story… of a family. That is the feeling I am getting with Contessa. This restaurant is already prestigious, but I want to make sure that it becomes even more so.”

Food & Beverage Manager, Matteo Biagini, together with the rest of the Contessa and The Phoenicia Malta team, warmly welcome Matteo Melcore and look forward to the exciting culinary journey ahead under his leadership.

About The Phoenicia Malta:

The Phoenicia Malta is a luxury 5-star hotel grandly located on the doorstep of Malta’s Capital City of Valletta (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Set in 7 acres of landscaped gardens, it is a proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World and boasts 132 rooms and suites, an infinity pool, the Phoenicia Spa & Wellness, as well as several dining options. The hotel offers a number of unique meetings and event spaces making it a coveted location for meetings and conferences, as well as weddings and events of any size.

The Phoenicia Malta is iconic and prides itself in delivering the highest level of warm and personalised guest experiences which is a reason why many of The Phoenicia Malta guests return year after year to their favourite Mediterranean hotel.

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