After her traineeships at a hotel management school and in the kitchen of top chef Heinz Winkler, Poletto worked as sous-chef in the star honoured restaurant “Anna & Sebastiano”. There she learned a lot about Italian kitchens at a high level. In 2000, Cornelia opened her own restaurant, “Poletto” with her former husband Remigio Poletto. In only the second year she received a Michelin star for her excellent cuisine. In 2010 the restaurant “Poletto” closed, but Cornelia quickly had a new project.
In June 2011 she opened “Cornelia Poletto” in Hamburg-Eppendorf – just a few meters away from the location of her previous restaurant. Inspired by Italy she then created a delicatessen adjoined to the restaurant; “Gastronomia”. “I wanted to create a place with a familial and uncomplicated atmosphere”, says Poletto. “And excellent food. I wanted to make the best roast chicken in town.” An extraordinary statement for a top chef, extraordinary like her gastronomy-concept. Furthermore Poletto opened “Cucina Cornelia Poletto” in March 2013, her own cooking school .
Poletto is often seen on television, for example; as coach in the cooking show “The Taste”. Her self-created recipes have been published in eight cookbooks. The latest is called “Koch Dich glücklich!” (Make yourself happy by cooking).
Cornelia is about to open a restauarnt in Shanghai together with her partner ZWILLING in december 2017.
Portrait by: Oliver Lassen