International Academy of Italian Cuisine in Lucca
Gianluca Pardini was born in Italy and began his culinary career in Tuscany at a very young age. By the time he turned 21, he was already working in the only Italian restaurant in Orléans (France). This experience opened international doors that eventually led Pardini to Japan as a gastronomic consultant. Shortly after his return to Italy, he opened his own restaurant in Lucca.
Since 1998 Pardini has dedicated himself to teaching the art of Italian cooking at his "International Academy of Italian Cuisine" which opened in Siena, and is now located in Lucca. Gianluca has also instructed students as a visiting chef in major cities throughout Europe, Japan and the USA. In particular, he was recognized as an honorary teacher at Chicago's College Du Page and is an honorary member of "Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Association" as well as "Les Amis d'Escoffier Society of Chicago".
In 2004, the Italian Cooking Federation awarded Pardini "Master of Cooking and Executive Chef", one of only four chefs in Tuscany to be so honored.The Academy
In 2009 he was awarded the "Francesco Corpora" prize for his long experience and activity in the field of Italian Cooking. In that same year the "Association of the Citizens of the World in Lucca" recognized Pardini with the title "Foreigners who excelled in Lucca." Though he is not a foreigner in Lucca, the organization felt his contributions in promoting the city of Lucca and Italian culinary art to the world merited recognition. He is justifiably proud of his popularity as a lecturer and, thanks to his unusual background and experience, he is uniquely qualified in his position as an international Ambassador of Italian cuisine.