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Giovanni Fontebasso

Giovanni Fontebasso was the Executive Chef at a four-starred Pendragon Hotel, a Trust House Forte’s establishment in Southsea for 11 years. His Catering career gave him the opportunity to join the Craft Guild of Chefs in 1976 and after becoming its National Chairman for two years; he was appointed Trustee of the Association and was awarded the titles of Life Vice-President and Governor. In 1992 he joined the Rotary Club of Godalming and in 2003 he moved to the Cranleigh Club becoming its President in 2006/7 period. From 1980 to 2008 he was Organist at the Catholic Church of Cranleigh. Giovanni came to England from Italy in 1960 and joined the Cookery & Food Association and Craft Guild in 1976. He was one of the youngest chefs working for what was then Trust House Forte, before moving within the group to Gardener Merchant, where he stayed for 22 years. Although he loved being a chef, he took a slight turn in 1986 and went to Charter House School as catering manager, where he stayed until his retirement in 1996.

Giovanniwon an award for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Giovanni’s visit to Lakefield.



Born in Italy in 1931. After qualifying as a Primary School Teacher, he moved to Switzerland where after a three years apprenticeship he qualified as a Demi-Chef de Cuisine. He arrived in the UK in 1960 where for a short period attended full-time studies of English in Guildford.

In May of that year, GLF was engaged as Chef in the Grill-Cold table of the Royal Hotel in Bognor Regis. It was there where he met his wife Margaret whom he married in 1961. For 11 years he was Executive Chef at a four-starred Pendragon Hotel, a Trust House Forte’s establishment in Southsea.

During this time he attended evening courses obtaining a qualification in Hotel Management. In 1971 with his wife he moved to Cranleigh in Surrey and found employment at Cranleigh School, and subsequently at Charterhouse both as Head of the Catering Services.

On his retirement in 1996, he was offered the position of Teacher at Charterhouse in the Modern Languages Department to teach Italian. He finally retired in 2011 after presenting many pupils for GCSE.

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