This week at Fine Dining Lovers we explored the answer to one simple question: what is the role of chefs outside of the kitchen? This thought-provoking article from writer Ryan King highlights the social impact some chefs around the world are having. Some chefs help farmers and the unemployed while others aim to restore peace in war-torn areas. What does it mean to be a chef in the 21st century? Find out here.
If you love pasta you'll enjoy reading our guide to Italian tortellini. Food writer Roberta Schira goes back to basics and recounts the history of making this famed Northern Italian pasta. Did you know the filling must contain pork loin, Parma ham, the typical mortadella of Bologna, Parmigiano Reggiano, egg and nutmeg? Read all about it now.
On The Spice Trail
Have you ever wondered where nutmeg or cloves come from? These two spices have very unique origins - the former is "two spices in one" while the latter is a flower. Pretty unbelievable, right? Here's is the exciting history of these two spices native to Indonesia.
These are tough times for chefs and restaurant professionals around the world, but there has never been a better time to seek advice and help around a number of topics affecting hospitality workers. Here's a round-up of some of the most useful resources for chefs.