Massimo Bottura Chef, Italy

Massimo Bottura at MAD SYD

Massimo Bottura is the chef behind Osteria Francescana, a three-star-Michelin restaurant in the Medieval city of Modena, Italy. At Francescana, which Bottura opened in 1995, the chef celebrates local producers and cooking traditions from what he characterises as a “critical and not nostalgic point of view.”

In this talk at MAD SYD, Bottura talks about how “cooking is a call to act”. Recounting his journey towards opening soup kitchen Refettorio Ambrosiano in Milano, he ultimately reveals the thought behind launching Food for Soul, a non-profit organisation meant to offer support and guidance to similar projects worldwide.

Bottura is also the author of Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (Phaidon, 2014).

Picture credit: Prudence Upton