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Executive Pastry Chef Maurizio Persichino

Some would say he was destined to bake.

Hailing from Southern Italy, the Vancouver Convention Centre’s Executive Pastry Chef Maurizio Persichino discovered his passion for the pastry arts at the early age of 12 when he started helping out at his family’s pastry shops. From there, Chef Maurizio went on to apprentice in some of Italy’s finest pâtissiers before working internationally aboard the Princess Cruise Lines.

Settling in Vancouver in 2004, he worked with some of the city’s top chefs and supported the next generation of pastry chefs at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Art.

Leading a team of 18 in the Vancouver Convention Centre’s 8,000 ft² Pastry Kitchen, Chef Maurizio enjoys the daily challenge that the facility’s wide range of events bring. Whether it is a banquet for 200 or 2,000, he enjoys working with his team – whom he describes as his big Italian family – to create five star quality pastries and desserts that complement meals created in the Centre’s “scratch” kitchen.

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