Massimo Bottura updates

We are excited to announce a series of public events (both in London and further afield) that Osteria Francescana’s 3* chef Massimo Bottura will be attending over the next few months. Please see below.

Though his schedule will be tight during his time in London, please send any requests through as soon as you can.

About Massimo Bottura

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’.

Osteria Francescana, Via Stella, 22, 41121 Modena, Italy.

APRIL 2013

home-logoMassimo Bottura to ‘experiment with flavour’ at the Lab Event (27th April, Tobacco Dock)

Massimo will be taking to the stage on three separate occasions at the inaugural Lab Event LINK, with a live cooking demonstration, immersive culinary presentation and a Q&A session led by Joe Warwick.

Joining Massimo at the three night event are some of the world’s leading gourmet innovators and stars from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards including D.O.M’s Alex Atala, Noma’s Lars Williams who will be hosting and curating the ‘Noma Flavour Test at The Lab’ and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’s Ashley Palmer-Watts to mention just a few.

IDENTITA LONDON returns to the capital with 13 Italian Michelin stars under one roof at Harrods.

On Sunday 28th April, Harrods will play host to seven of the world’s top Italian Italian chefs, who, when combined, bring a total of 13 Michelin stars to the iconic department store. Massimo Bottura and his three Michelin stars will join forces with the brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, Carlo Cracco, Gennaro Esposito, Luciano Monosilio and Davide Scabin, part of the renowned Milanese chef ’s congress, Identità Golose, to serve the ultimate Italian ‘pranzo’ at the latest edition of Identità London. LINK

Each chef will create a dish for the seven-course lunch, taking place in The Georgian restaurant at Harrods. Massimo will be serving his ‘Psychedelic Veal’, a patriotically and psychedelically painted veal fillet which takes on the great Tuscan tradition of grilled meat without lighting a flame. The veal is cooked sous-vide at 64° C to preserve essential proteins then dressed in the Italian flag with chlorophyll, potato puree and a reduction of Villa Manodori Balsamic Vinegar and Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello from Montalcino.

The lunch will take place over the course of the afternoon, with the chefs cooking at individual stations around the dining tables, offering guests the unique opportunity to interact with each one.

Tickets costs £150 per person and include a seven course lunch and selected wines and will be going on sale on Monday April 15th. A limited number of 100 tickets are available.

To book tickets, contact Harrods concierge on 020 7225 6874 or email Full payment will be taken in advance upon reservation.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2013

Lara and Massimo arrival at The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards

In April 2012, for the second time in a row, Osteria Francescana was awarded a spot in the top 5 of The World`s 50 Best Restaurant List. Since entering the list back in 2009, Osteria Francescana has been consistently voted the best Italian restaurant. Massimo Bottura was also awarded Chef’s Choice at the 2011 awards.

Massimo Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore at The World`s 50 Best Restaurant Awards sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, held at London`s Guild Hall in April 2012.

We will be sending out an update from The World`s 50 Best Restaurant Awards ceremony held on the 29th April. As soon as it is announced, we will let you know whether Osteria Francescana has held onto its title of ‘best Italian restaurant’. Watch this space…

For The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2013, Massimo Bottura and Lavazza have created a playful rendition of the classic Italian Tiramisu.  

bottura_salone_h4It’s just a dessert
“The Trail of Tiramisu” reported by The Washington Post LINK has become the definitive story behind the instant Italian “pick me up” created in the late 1970s. Adding to the infinite renditions prepared globally, chef Massimo Bottura has made a proper mess of it by betraying form in the name of flavour. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

In search of true Italian flavours, Massimo Bottura teases the imagination to trigger new experiences of well known ingredients. Served in a classic Lavazza espresso cup, this dish plays with one’s expectation of the Italian espresso ritual.


Massimo Bottura by Paolo Terzi Cook it Raw xxCOOK IT RAW in New York with Massimo Bottura, David Chang and friends

Momofuku chef and owner David Chang will be hosting an evening at the New York Public Library on the 22nd May 2013 with some of his culinary compatriots including Massimo Bottura for an evening of conversation and surprises inspired by the release of Cook it Raw.

$25 General Admission
7pm prompt start

Anthony Bourdain’s recent article on Cook It Raw for Australian newspaper The Age featured a wonderful photograph of Massimo up close and personal with his catch in Lapland. HERE



Now in its second year, Mesamérica in Mexico City will gather together culinary talent from the forefront of world cuisine and professionals from other fields that complement the culinary phenomenon.

Massimo will be joining Gastón Acurio from Astrid y Gastón, Andoni Luis Aduriz from Mugaritz, Iñaki Aizpitarte from Le Chateaubriand, Alex Atala from DOM,  Jordi Roca from El Celler de Can Roca,  René Redzepi from Noma, Daniel Humm and Will Guidara from Eleven Madison Park and the finest chefs from around Mexico. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem will also be appearing.

Quite simply, this is the Glastonbury of Food Festivals!

For more information on the event

Mexico City
20, 21 and 22nd May 2013

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