Hugo McCafferty

Hugo McCafferty
Hugo McCafferty

Hugo McCafferty

Hugo is a journalist from Dublin but has lived in Italy for more than 13 years on and off and can call himself a certified Italophile.

With over 20 years journalism under his belt he has covered a wide range of subjects from news, to politics, design, fashion, sport, history, tech and of course food. He looks for the cultural threads in a subject that tie us all together and looks for wider meaning in the local stories.

Hugo reports on Italy’s complex society and politics and is published by The Times, Irish Independent, Al Jazeera, Swide and more. For Hugo the cultural signifiers in food are the key to understanding our past and our present. Which is why he finds Italian cuisine so fascinating. By deconstructing local dishes we can unravel centuries-long traditions, migrations, cultural shifts and environmental issues - we can literally taste history.

Hugo is passionate about food and drink’s ability to bring people from different backgrounds and viewpoints together and spends his free time trying to simplify his life, reduce his carbon footprint and appreciate the small things.

Eleonora Baranova
In Kyiv, Chef Eleonora Baranova is Open to the World
Chef Eleonora Baranova assimilates global influences into local ingredients at her restaurant in Kyiv, Ukraine, creating a cuisine without limits.
Roca Normal
The Roca Brothers’ New 'Normal' in Girona
The Roca Brothers have opened a new restaurant called 'Normal' in Girona, Spain. Find out more and take a look at these first pics.
Noma Projects 001 Garum
Noma Launches Range of Umami-Rich Garums
Noma Projects 001 is a range of garums launched by the two-Michelin-star Copenhagen restaurant, and they are available for preorder now. Find out more.
Nakaji_Chef Kunihide Nakajima_Photo Credit Melissa Hom
Edokko Tradition Endures at Nakaji in Manhattan
At Nakaji, a third-generation Edokko sushi chef, Kunihide Nakajima carries on a family tradition in the Bowery, Manhattan
El Celler de Can Roca Launches 'Sustainable Gastronomy' Platform
Spanish three-Michelin-star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca partners with BBVA to launch the 'Sustainable Gastronomy' platform. Read the full story.
Daniel Humm
The Dishes from EMP's New Plant-Based Menu
A look at the plant-based dishes on the new menu at Daniel Humm's Eleven Madison Park in New York City.
Peter Tempelhoff
Chef Peter Tempelhoff is Battling Through in South Africa
At his restaurants, Fyn, Beyond and Stickman, Peter Templehoff with his relentlessly positive attitude and fearless leadership, is turning crisis into opportunity in Cap Town, South Africa.
Generational Recipe Dahl with Simon Majumdar
Simon Majumdar's Dal: "The Recipe that Literally Saved My Life"
Dal is one of those recipes that goes all the way back to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Unlike dishes such as biryani, brought to India by the Moghuls, it is one of those foods that has always been there. It is therefore a building block of Indian culture.
Jose Andres
José Andrés Offers $50 Vaccine Voucher
Chef José Andrés offers $50 gift cards in his restaurants in D.C. for those who can prove they are newly vaccinated.
Dublin Templebar
Irish Restaurants Prepare to Fight for the Right to Reopen
Irish restaurant are launching legal challenges to the government's restrictions on indoor dining, while hotels are allowed to serve their guests. Read the full story.
Alchemist Reloaded
Alchemist Reloaded: Copenhagen's Most Creative Restaurant Returns
Alchemist Reloaded, Copenhagen's most creative restaurant, by chef Rasmus Munk opens its doors today with a new menu and new art installations.
Noma summer menu
Noma to Reopen on 1 June with New Summer Menu
Want to eat at the reopened Noma in Copenhagen? Here's how to get a reservation at René Redzepi's restaurant this summer.