The head chef at a popular Grand Central restaurant has not been seen since the weekend, concerning his family and friends.
Coworkers were immediately uneasy when Andrea Zamperoni did not show up for his shift at Cipriani Dolci on Monday. According to one friend and coworker at the eatery, Zamperoni hasn’t unexpectedly missed a day of work in a decade.
“A good friend, family member, coworker is now gone and missing, of course I can’t help but think the worst,” said assistant chef Ignacio Albo, who said that Zamperoni was “incredibly professional … he could have just long his leg and he would still come in to work.”
The 33-year-old from Italy had finished his shift Saturday night and went home to his apartment on 74th in Flushing, Queens. According to Albo, Zamperoni’s roommate said he stepped outside and got into a car, and has not been seen or heard from since.
His mother in Italy sounded the alarm when Zamperoni missed their daily phone call on Sunday. His brother is flying in from London Monday night to help police in their search for the missing chef.
The NYPD has qualified Zamperoni as a missing person, and haven’t given any indication that there is any foul play.