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Missing Cipriani Chef Found Dead In Queens Hostel

Andrea Zamperoni
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A body discovered at a Queens hostel has been confirmed by police to be the missing head chef of Manhattan's Cipriani Dolci, who's been reported missing since this past weekend.

Andrea Zamperoni, 33, was found at the Kamway Lodge & Tavern in Elmhurst on Wednesday night by police who were responding to reports of an unconscious man. He was declared dead at the scene, police said.

Zamperoni was a well-respected chef at Cipriani's famed Grand Central location, which overlooks the building's main concourse. He'd worked for the upscale restaurant group for over a decade before being promoted to head chef last year.

He was last seen by his roommates on Saturday night, after returning home from his shift at the restaurant. He did not show up for work on Monday, prompting the NYPD to issue a missing persons report.

Police sources told CBS2 that Zamperoni's body had been found wrapped in a blanket on the floor "as if someone was going to dispose of it." The hostel is located just a few blocks from Zamperoni's apartment at 74th Street.

The restaurant released a statement on Thursday afternoon, describing Zamperoni as "a responsible, good-hearted, kind and very hard-working individual who will be deeply missed by all of us. We trust the NYPD is exerting all efforts to investigate and bring clarity to this tragic situation."

His twin brother, who works as a chef at Cipriani in London, is "overcome with grief," the statement continued.

A spokesperson for the NYPD said police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. The Medical Examiner's office has not yet released a cause of death.

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