Cristian Marino

Chef & Traveller

From Calabria to the world

Chef | Consultant |Author

Travelling since 1999

Cristian Marino – Italian Executive Chef, born in Milan, raised between Calabria and the world

Cristian Marino is a Chef , traveling around the world since 1999.He is also the author of the book The “Recipes” of my Smile and the special version The Black and White Smile . Born in Milan in February 1982 and having moved to Calabria at a very young age, Cristian soon began learning to cook from his parents’ restaurant in Calabria.

At the age of 17, he left the south and moved back to the north of Italy where he studied at the prestigious institute ” E. Maggia ” hotel school in Stresa on the shore of the Maggiore Lake and spending the evenings working in hotels and restaurants in the area .

Before leaving Italy to explore the world, Cristian made sure that he attained enough of what Italy has to offer by working in different regions of Italy . From the sea to the mountains, from south to north passing through central Italy, including : Calabria, Abruzzo, Piedmont, Aosta Valley, which means assimilating the different traditions, knowing different ingredients and techniques.

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From established Executive Chef of 5 stars Hotels to Culinary Consultant

The passion has taken Cristian across Italy , Europe , Middle East and Asia where he has gained extensive culinary and life experiences .Cristian’s resume includes a travel experience of over 10 countries, and with a portfolio of restaurants from Asia through Europe to the Middle East. He has also obtained and maintained ‘The Golden Q’ from Ospitalità Italiana for all the Italian restaurants that he has worked for .He also received the ‘Silver Plate’ that he had obtained after the visit of the representative of the Accademia Italiana Della Cucina in one of the restaurants he had worked for.Along with his experiences within Italy, France , UK, Spain , Croatia, Romania , Bulgaria ,Indonesia and Dubai.The chef has also travelled and been inspired by the over 30 countries he has visited while working for Silversea – a multi-awarded 6 stars Cruise Ship. He affirmed his career as Executive chef in Europe for Radisson Blu and InterContinental.

His last assignment as Executive chef for international hotel chains was from 2019 until 2020 with Marriott Hotels & Resorts , East Java-Indonesia, to work as a Complex Executive Chef for two pre-opening hotels and finally now he became the Italian Chef consultant for the global hospitality market .

Cristian Marino currently works for one of the largest resorts in the Maldives.

The C-Menu  by Cristian Marino

My flagship service is the “C-Menu” a signed menu by Chef Cristian Marino, an authentic Italian menu solely conceived for your business.  Where I undertake to design, implement and maintain the C-Menu with scheduled visits throughout the year. The basic idea for this scheme is to provide an authentic Italian menu to Italian restaurants around the world .

Personalized services

Examples of my services include:

Consultancy for the opening of hotels or restaurants.


Menu design, engineering for a la carte, conferences and banquets.

Special Guest -Chef.

Short and long term collaborations.

“ Chef Cristian Marino“