Over the past ten years Massimo Bottura has become a leading figure among a new generation of Italian chefs. His work both as an innovator and restaurateur confirm him as one of the world’s most creative culinary forces. His two restaurants, the 3 Michelin star Osteria Francescana and offshoot brasserie Franceschetta58, are both situated in Modena, in the culinary-rich region of Emilia-Romagna, Italy.
Since opening in 1995, Osteria Francescana has been no stranger to critical acclaim. It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2002, a second four years later and a third in 2011. The restaurant has also been listed in the top 5 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the past two years and has been the highest ranking Italian restaurant for the past 4 years with Massimo winning the Chef’s Choice award in 2011.
At the very end of last year, Massimo Bottura was crowned 2012’s ‘International Chef of the Year’ by The Daily Meal who hailed him as ‘one of the most innovative chefs in the world today’. Meanwhile, Osteria Francescana topped The Daily Meal’s list of the 101 Best Restaurants in Europe.
2013 sees Massimo Bottura take a leading role in the Year of Italian Culture in the United States, a year long programme of events designed to showcase the best of Italian culture and identity through art, music, cinema, literature, architecture, fashion and of course, food.
As Ambassador for Italian food, Massimo Bottura will be travelling to Washington, Los Angeles and New York in March with his new tasting menu: Come to Italy with US.
“I hope to be part of a revived Italy, a proud Italy, an economically secure and creatively supported Italy. There is still so much to be discovered here: tasted, touched and seen. This project is the first step in realigning our culinary values with our cultural values. My legacy as a chef is an ambassador for the Italian kitchen making sure that there is plenty of space to grow by seeing our past from a critical point of view not a nostalgic one.”