Luigi Spotorno - Napkin Folding
Luigi Spotorno has over 35 years' experience in the catering industry; he has appeared on ITV's This Morning show, on LBC radio, in the Sunday Express, and London Evening Standard.
He has created napkin folds as a tribute to the Queen's Golden Jubilee, Prince Charles's wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles, and for opera singer Luigi Pavarotti.
He has also created his unique Olympic Flame fold specially for the London Olympics in 2012
NOW the OFFICIAL NAPKIN FOLD for ROYAL WEDDING 2011 chosen by BUCKINGHAM PALACE this week in April 2011.
Born in Venice, Luigi develolped his napkin folding skills at sea, working in the first class dining rooms of liners including the Canberra and Achille Lauro, before settling in London and working as a restaurant manager in some of London's most prestigious restaurants.
"One of the best things I was told as a young man was that my dreams of becoming a chef would never come true. They said my glasses would steam up and fall in the soup, so that was that.
But though it seemed like dreadful news, it changed my life. I became a waiter, and discovered 'front of house', a business opportunity for a fantastic career for someone who loves serving people.
I left my home in Venice and came to England, and over the next 20 years worked my way up; first by being a restaurant manager, and then working as a banqueting manager for some of the most prestigious banqueting houses in London.
Over the years I discovered a talent for folding napkins, and I have been designing, exhibiting and teaching this napkin folding craft now for many years.
My book 'Language of Napkin Folding' has been a dream of mine for some time, because I want so much to get the message across both to my colleagues in the hospitality industry, and to everyone who loves to entertain at home."