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New Chef de Cuisine transform former Waterfall Cafe into southern Italian trattoria

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Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore names Marco De Vincentis as chef de cuisine of Waterfall Ristorante Italiano. In his new role, Chef Marco is responsible for transforming the former Waterfall Café into a southern Italian trattoria featuring handmade pasta and fresh seafood. He will oversee all culinary operations for the 92-seat restaurant.

Born in Naples, the largest city in southern Italy, Chef Marco spent his childhood immersed in rich culinary heritage. His birth city is traditionally regarded as the home of pizza. Growing up with his grandfather, who is a chef, and being exposed to various culinary influences as a result of Naples’ history, it was natural for Chef Marco to apply for the Culinary and Pastry Arts School. During his apprenticeship, he gained kitchen experience in prestigious restaurants, including Vincent’s Restaurant in California, La Locanda della Tamerice in Italy and Le Doyen in Belgium.

Graduating with the highest honours, Chef Marco relocated to Milan and trained under Chef Sergio Mei, who was presiding over Milan’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. He honed his culinary skills in Italy for four years before moving to Monte Carlo, where he was in charge of the banquet kitchen.

Linguine Allo Scoglio

Linguine Allo Scoglio

With a thirst to enhance his kitchen management experience, Chef Marco went on to obtain his master’s degree in food and beverage management from Sciaky Europe Business School. He was heavily involved in the partnership between Saporbio and MSC Cruises, where he served as executive chef, to craft menus for luxury events catering to discerning palates.

In 2012, Chef Marco embarked on his journey to Asia when he joined modern Italian restaurant La Cucina at Al Faisaliah Hotel, Saudi Arabia. He was responsible for directing all food preparation for the a la carte menu, room service kitchen and breakfast service. Joining Waterfall Ristorante Italiano as its new chef de cuisine, Chef Marco will conceptualise its menu every season, source for gourmet merchandising and provide leadership to the restaurant’s culinary operations team. He hopes to introduce a diverse menu that retains the tradition of authentic and classic Italian favourites for all diners.

Chef Marco’s signatures include Zuppa di Pesce (traditional Italian seafood stew) and Linguine Allo Scoglio (classic seafood pasta).


Zuppa Di Pesce

Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Tel: 6213 4138

Author: Javan Ng

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