S.Pellegrino Young Chef winner Mark Moriarty was back in Milan this week to cook inside a new soup kitchen started by the Italian chef Massimo Bottura.
Moriarty was invited to cook at Refettorio Ambrosiano by Bottura just minutes after winning the S.Pellegrino Young Chef event last month in Milan with the Italian chef saying the humbling experience would help to keep the young chef grounded.
Refettorio Ambrosiano works as a professional soup kitchen in the city with visiting chefs asked to cook a three course meal for around 60 guests using ingredients that otherwise would be dumped in the trash.
Moriarty, faced with a truck of food to choose from, took the brave decision of cooking a classic Italian dish of carbonara for his main, a cold soup with croutons and salad for his first, and a rice pudding based dessert for his final course.
“The most challenging part is the fact that you have to think on your feet”, said Mark during the service, “I couldn’t even begin to think of a menu or ideas because you have no idea what is going to come in on the truck. It was just amazing to see all these people who give up their time to do this every day”.