Heinz Beck’s protégée and number two at Three Michelin starred La Pergola in Rome, Heros De Agostinis took over the reins as Executive Chef of Apsleysin London in May 2012.
Growing up in Rome, Heros’ grandmother was a great source of inspiration, with Heros spending his spare time gleaning her traditional Italian and Eritrean cookery skills.
Heros commenced his culinary career with an internship at Beck’s Three Michelin starred La Pergola in Rome in 1995. Since then, Heros has continued to acquire an impressive roster of experience at some of the world’s finest Michelin-starred restaurants, working together with Three Michelin starred chefs Heinz Winkler and Marc Veyrat. In 1999, he took on the role of Demi Chef de Partie at three-starred Residenz Heinz Winkler, Ashau in Germany, before returning to La Pergola as Chef de Partie. Heros’ first management role was as Chef de Cuisine at Hotel Villa Il Tresoro. He then went on to work with Kempinski for the grand opening of restaurants in their Indonesia and Slovenia resorts. He returned to La Pergola in 2009 and spent three years as Beck’s culinary right hand man.
De Agostinis manages a 24-strong team at Apsleys, relishing the diverse mix of cultural and culinary influences. He favours a hands-on management approach, assisting his team across every detail from mise en place to taste testing.