About Our Chef

Maurizio Malfeo of Carpe Diem GourmetChef Maurizio comes from a family of good home cooks, learning from an early age the importance of food and family, watching his Mother prepare almost all family meals. Born in Salerno, Italy, appreciation of good food is a genetic trait! During his college years, he became the favorite invitee for weekends away and parties for his friends, because he was always ready to take on the cooking responsibilities for the event.

With their encouragement, Maurizio attended the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, where he graduated with honors in 1999. He also attended a study abroad program in Chioggia, Italy, gaining valuable insights into Italian cuisine while studying at a five star resort with top Italian Chefs.

Starting in 1999, Carpe Diem Catering has been the professional expression of Chef Maurizio’s passion and talents!  Offering every aspect of professional catering services from drop off to private cooking classes!

In 2005, Chef Maurizio started offering an escorted tour of the Amalfi Coast of Italy.  An UNESCO World Heritage site, the Amalfi Coast of Italy was chosen for its exceptional cultural, historic, and geographical example of Mediterranean life. Learn more about the annual Italy Trip here.

Fully committed to broadening the understanding and appreciation of the Italian Language and Culture in Chicago, in 2006, Chef Maurizio also started teaching language and culture to grammar school children in a private school.