Yotam Ottolenghi is the restaurateur and chef-patron of six London-based delis and restaurants. He is the author of eight best-selling cookery books, including renowned titles as Plenty, Jerusalem and Simple. Amongst several prizes, Yotam won two James Beard awards in the US and the UK National Book Award. Yotam has been a weekly columnist for the Saturday Guardian for over thirteen years and is a regular contributor to The New York Times. His commitment to the championing of vegetables, as well as ingredients once seen as ‘exotic’ has led to what some call “The Ottolenghi effect”. This is shorthand for the creation of a meal which is full of colour, flavour, bounty and sunshine’.
Originally from Sicily, and trained as an architect, Ivo Bisignano is an artist with many different souls. Beginning with fashion illustration for brands like Prada, Missoni and Fratelli Rossetti early in his career, he has gone on to make significant contributions in media ranging from sculpture to painting to video and animation. With an often surrealistic atmosphere, Bisignano’s art is also imbued with a strong sense of play and irony, evoking an aesthetic of past and highly detailed worlds. In 2020 Bisignano exhibited sculptural works in the Human Forms exhibition located at the Bet Guvrin caves in Israel. Bisignano’s meeting and subsequent work with renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi has led to the realization of numerous collaborative projects, including sculptures for Ottolenghi’s London restaurants.