Delighting the gourmet palates with exceptional creations, Chef Umberto Bombana has dedicated his talent to the culinary world, developing his philosophy of outstanding ingredients and delivering a unique experience to all his patrons.
A native of Bergamo in Northern Italy, he was trained at Centro di Formazione Alberghiera and apprenticed under the talented Ezio Santin at Antica Osteria del Ponte, now a Michelin starred restaurant outside Milan. His impeccable talent soon took him around the world. In 1983, he joined the famous Rex Il Ristorante in Los Angeles, where he was lauded for his simple yet refined regional cooking. The restaurant, owned by Mauro Vincenti, is a regular venue for post Oscar parties. Adding to his foundation were stints in the kitchen with other top chefs such as Gianfranco Vissani, Michel Rostang and Pinuccio Alia.
Bombana then arrived in Hong Kong in August 1993 to open Toscana and quickly established it as an iconic destination of the fine dining scene. His distinctive flair and passion for modern yet authentic northern Italian cooking offered Hong Kong 20 years of impressive dining.
Chef Bombana was awarded the Best Italian Chef in Asia by the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners (ICIF) in 2002 and then Worldwide Ambassador of the White Truffle in 2006 by the Piedmontese Regional Enoteca Cavour (Italy).
In January 2010 Chef Bombana made his dream come true to open 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA in Hong Kong, to delight the gourmet palates again with his unique sophisticated and yet contemporary culinary creations. It is a tribute to his favorite Italian film director Federico Fellini’s 1963 autobiographical movie “8 ½”, which is a celebration of both Italian lifestyle and art. In December 2010, the restaurant was awarded with two Michelin stars after only eleven months of opening. It has further achieved three stars in 2012 Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau and retained the honor in 2013 edition, becoming the first Italian restaurant outside of Italy to achieve such honor. In 2013, Chef Bombana’s restaurant in Hong Kong is listed one of the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants”.
Chef Bombana aims to bring authentic flavors and an elegant, relaxing dining experience to food lovers in Beijing.