Who is Enrico Crippa? An extremely determined person who is sure of his own ideas and has a clear vision of what he wants, likes and does not like. Crippa believes in studying, and knows he always has to be one step ahead of his team if he wants to really have something to teach them.
Born in Carate Brianza in 1971, he graduated from the Monte Olimpino Hotel School, Como. His first experience in the field came at sixteen years of age as a commis in Gualtiero Marchesi's historic Milan restaurant in via Bonvesin de la Riva. This was to be the beginning of a dazzling career which gave him the chance to work alongside some of the finest European chefs: Christian Willer at Palme d'Or in Cannes, Ghislaine Arabian at Ledoyen in Paris, Antoine Westermann at Buerehiesel in Strasburg, Michel Bras at Laguiole, Ferran Adria at El Bulli di Roses. In 1990 he was awarded first prize at the Artistic Cuisine Competition in Sologne, a success which was repeated in '92.
In 1996 he opened Gualtiero Marchesi's restaurant in Kobe. He stayed in Japan at the Rhiga Royal Hotel in Osaka until 1999, and his experience over these three years proved to be key to his cooking. Back in Italy he looked for a location to set up his own restaurant.
His encounter in 2003 with the Ceretto family enabled him to achieve this ambition when Piazza Duomo opened in Alba in 2005. In 2006 the first endorsement of his talent arrived with a Michelin Star, and in 2009 a new milestone propelled him into the Who's Who of Italian restaurants: 2 Michelin Stars.
On the 14th of November 2012 Enrico Crippa has been awarded 3 Michelin stars.