Other Ambassador Chefs

Sammic Ambassador Chefs

Andrea Scarpati  Leicester (United Kingdom)

  • Originally from Torre Del Greco in Italy.
  • He worked at various establishments both in Italy and in England before opening the restaurant of his dreams.
  • He opened his own restaurant, Sapori, with his wife Cristina and her brother Luigi in May 2011.
  • He is head chef at
  • He has received many prizes and much recognition.

Dragan Jovanović  Pula (Croatia)

  • He was born on the 28th of October 1981.
  • He studied at Hotel School.
  • He was the winner of the reality show Master Chef in Croatia.
  • Owner and chef of The Kitchen by Gastroklub.
  • He offers training in sous-vide cooking and pre-cooked food to all manner of culinary professionals. 
  • These days he works in Croatia cooking for famous people and with renowned chefs. 
  • Chef teacher for retraining cooks.

Estiven Arráez Leon  Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

  • He started his career alongside his father at only 13 year of age.
  • He studied in the best kitchens in Spain.
  • He is the owner of the first and only sous-vide cookery school in the Balearic Islands.
  • He offers training in sous-vide cookery and pre-cooked food to all manner of culinary professionals.  
  • He advises restaurants, production kitchens and cocktail bars.
  • Development chef of the sous-vide recipes in the solidarity project “Poc a poc. Home cooking from Mallorca” which aims to increase work opportunities for people from the Projecte Home Balears (Balearic Mankind Project).
  • Currently he is working on the development of his own branded range of healthy pre-vacuum-cooked products. 


Giuseppe Pette  Zagreb (Croatia)

  • Born on the 4th of July 1977.
  • He studied at Hotel School.
  • He worked as executive chef at Radisson SAS Hotel in Antwerp (Belgium).

John Benson Smith  United Kingdom

  • High profile Master Chef and award-winning former Chef of the Year, with over 40 years’ experience. 
  • A former judge on BBC television MasterChef.
  • An original flavour designer for Walkers Sensations crisps.
  • Experience working in world famous one, two and three starred Michelin restaurants.
  • Consultant Chef to Manchester City Football Club (City Football Group) for 20 years. 
  • Described as being the ‘Founding Father of Modern British Cuisine in Manchester’ .
  • Consulted for clients in Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, Channel Islands and the UK .
  • Concept creator for Morrisons supermarket retail chain (490+) stores in their quest to enter chef designer food.
  • Project lead on Culinary experiences, Visit Saudi for Saudi Tourism Authority.
  • Master planned the creation of new Mediterranean dining concept and opened two new restaurants in Kuwait and two more in Riyadh, Saudi.
  • Pioneered the catering provision for the inaugural Saudi Cup International horse race meeting, Riyadh.

Marco Brito Paiva  Algés, Lisbon (Portugal)

  • Owner of the brand “A Loja dos Cozinheiros” (The Chefs’ Shop), an online shop selling articles and ingredients specifically for the professional kitchen.
  • Consultant in F&B for Hospitality and Catering.


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