The honor was bestowed upon the chef by Guida Espresso, a prestigious guide published by ''Espresso'' publishing group - the same company that publishes Italy's leading newspaper La Reppublica.
The guide rated Bottura's restaurant at 19.75 out of a possible 20 points, making it the best in Italy for the second year in a row. The chef was surpassed only by a wine: the famed Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Poggio di Sotto, which obtained a perfect score.
As successful as Bottura has been, La Reppublica's Licia Granello rightly recognizes and attributes the chef's success to his culinary brigade. The publication underlines that while Bottura is a creative genius, the key to his success has been buiding a solid team with his leadership. This is the only way a chef of his stature can travel the world participating in different events while still churning out great dishes from his restaurant.
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