Ambra Papa, Head Chef, Petersham Nurseries Cafe

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Ambra Papa is the Head Chef of Michelin Green Star, Petersham Nurseries Café

Petersham Nurseries Café, a renowned restaurant located in Richmond, London. With a deep commitment to sustainability, Ambra has become a leading figure in the culinary world, advocating for environmentally conscious practices in the food industry.

Ambra's culinary journey began at a young age when she discovered her love for cooking while growing up in Italy, where she was exposed to the rich and diverse flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine. Her passion for food led her to pursue a formal education in culinary arts, and she honed her skills at some of the finest culinary institutions in Italy.



Ambra firmly believes in the importance of supporting local farmers and artisans, promoting biodiversity, and reducing food waste. Her menus at Petersham Nurseries Café reflect her dedication to these principles, featuring a diverse array of dishes that highlight the flavours of the season while minimizing the restaurant's environmental impact.

"We always look for ways to reduce our footprint, protect the environment and give back to the community. This approach is integral to how we operate and we hope to demonstrate to others that businesses can succeed in a natural, environmentally correct way." - Ambra Papa

Ambra's commitment to sustainability has garnered recognition and acclaim both within the culinary community and beyond. Her innovative approach to cooking, combined with her unwavering dedication to the environment, has made her a respected figure in the field.

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Editor 14th July 2023

Ambra Papa, Head Chef, Petersham Nurseries Cafe