Zanellato began his career working in the top restaurants in Europe including La Pergola alongside Heinz Beck and The Ritz, London. After travelling to Japan, he developed a passion for Japanese food culture and underwent further training at Ryugin in Tokyo.
After returning briefly to Italy, he set his sights on making Australia home with his wife and business partner, Michela Boncagni.
He commenced his Australian career at Ormeggio at the Spit as Head Chef, where he secured two Chef Hats during his four year tenure. During his time at Ormeggio, he also participated in a restaurant exchange program at Noma and Attica, providing further inspiration for his own food vision.
LuMi Dining is Zanellato’s first restaurant venture which is the synthesis of creativity and custom mastered throughout his career.
“LuMi Dining is the culmination of 15 years of technique mastered in the best restaurants around the world. I am inspired by creating dishes that fuse innovation with my Italian heritage.”
Since the opening in 2014, LuMi has been awarded 2 Chefs Hat by SMH Good Food Guide. Federico was also nominated Citi Chef of The Year 2017 By SMH Good Food Guide.
Recently Federico has opened LeO, a modern italian trattoria in the heart of Angel place, Sydney CBD with his partner Chef Karl Firla.