Over the past ten years Chef 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 three years and has been the highest ranking Italian restaurant for the past five years with Massimo winning the Chef’s Choice award in 2011.
Chef 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’. 2013 saw him 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, as Ambassador for Italian food. Chef Bottura has participated in a series of benefit events following the May 2012 earthquakes which paralysed the Emilia Romagna region’s Parmigiano Reggiano, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar and restaurant industries.
2014 shows no signs of his work rate slowing. Bottura’s first restaurant outside of Italy, Ristorante Italia di Massimo Bottura opened in May in Istanbul. The restaurant takes inspiration from Osteria Francescana but is an entirely unique proposition which sees traditional Italian flavours and contemporary cooking techniques come together to bring the very best of the past into the future.