‘My Restaurant is your restaurant’: TV chef Gino D’Acampo welcomes celebrity friends to Individual Restaurants’ newest venture
Italian celebrity chef and TV favourite Gino D’Acampo gave guests a taste of their very own Italian escape at a star-studded VIP launch party at Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant in Leeds on Thursday.
Looking dapper in a mulberry coloured shirt, waistcoat and matching black jeans, Gino danced the night away at the plush Park Row venue, a collaboration between the chef and friend and business partner Steven Walker, founder of Individual Restaurants.
Partygoers, including the charismatic Italian’s colleagues from ITV’s This Morning: Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and singer and TV star Peter Andre and his wife, Emily, relaxed and enjoyed the celebrations.
The Prosecco flowed freely throughout the night and was accompanied by a selection of tempting cocktails including fragrant raspberry and rose and delicately flavoured pomegranate and elderflower bellinis.
King prawn and crispy cod bruschetta were followed by Diavoletto – ‘little devil’ mini pizzas, mushroom arancine, creamy lobster risotto and a host of other mouthwatering treats.
Peter Andre, the Mysterious Girl artist, then surprised guests when took to the stage with band for the night The Collective, wowing the crowd with his impromptu renditions of Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Happy by Pharrell Williams.
Tastebuds well and truly tickled, Gino’s friends and associates were then treated to a visual feast from speed painter Dave Sharps, who dazzled viewers with his unique high- energy style and uncannily accurate portraits of David Bowie and George Michael, followed by spot-on likenesses of Gino, Holly and Peter – each completed in minutes.
The party then continued well into the night as guests enjoyed a slice of La Dolce Vita.