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.

Casa Cacao
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Valentine's heart
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Chef Yoshihiro Murata
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Marc Veyrat
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Pim Techamuanvivit
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The Michelin Guide France 2020: Three New Three-Star Restaurants
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Morel mushrooms
Michelin star chef exonerated as morel death case dismissed
A judge dismissed the case against a Michelin star restaurant in Valencia after a diner died in the city after eating morel mushrooms last year.
Ferran Adria
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Disfrutar Inspirational Dishes
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Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain’s final book to be released this year
Anthony Bourdain’s final book World Travel: 'An Irrelverant Guide', is completed and will be released in October 2020.
Franco Pepe
Kiwi on pizza: Italy's best pizza maker says "why not?"
With an image of kiwi on pizza dividing the Internet this week, we asked Italy's best pizza chef Franco Pepe for the definitive opinion.