Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura

Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura
Piazza della Signoria 10,
Firenze
50122
Italy

+39 055 75927038
Massimo Bottura

Massimo Bottura

Heralded as the avant-garde master of Italian gastronomy, Massimo Bottura has been credited with reinvigorating and reinventing a national cuisine. At Osteria Francescana in Modena, his efforts have been recognised with three Michelin stars and the title of the World’s Best Restaurant, twice. But Bottura’s influence reaches beyond the boundaries of Italian food, and his motivations transcend mere awards and accolades. There is a social and environmental aspect to his work that might have lasting significance in the wider world.

It was in 1986 that Bottura bought his first restaurant, Trattoria del Campazzo, on the outskirts of his hometown of Modena. It was here that the young chef, inspired by his mother and grandmother’s cooking, acquired his classical French training courtesy of chef Georges Coigny, and applied it to the traditional cuisine of the Emilia Romagna region. He spent eight years learning his craft and developing his style before he took the bold decision to sell Campazzo to work with the legendary Alain Ducasse at Louis XV in Montecarlo. This mentorship had a profound effect on the Italian, and in 1995 he returned to Modena to open Osteria Francescana.

Exploring the rich heritage of Italian regional cuisine, while embracing modern cooking techniques, Bottura’s imagination began to run wild. His ruminations on philosophy, history or art could sit comfortably alongside a practical understanding of locally grown ingredients and simple recipes. It is within this context that Bottura managed to walk a tightrope between innovation and heritage, between the future and the past, and stay on his feet. And he does so to this day.

Ground breaking signature dishes such as Bottura’s Tortellini Walking on Broth signalled his intent as a revolutionary chef. The six pasta parcels placed in a line on a broth set with gelatine was initially met with disapproval by traditionalists in Modena. But it soon gained wider critical acclaim, spurring the chef on to create further imaginative dishes such as the now legendary Opps! I Dropped The Lemon Tart. The deconstructed dessert of zabaione, meringue and sorbet was inspired by a kitchen accident, in which Bottura saw the perfection in the imperfect.

Another dish, The Crunchy Part Of The Lasagne, explored Bottura’s childhood memories of his favourite food growing up. Whether it’s a Proustian reflection on the power of memory, or, as Bottura and every Italian child knows, simply the best part of the lasagne, the important thing is our emotional connection with food.

Osteria Francescana won the ultimate prize with both Michelin and the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, and Bottura received the prestigious Grand Prix de l’Art from the International Culinary Academy in Paris in 2011. But away from the bubble of fine dining, Bottura began to focus on wider societal concerns such as food waste and social isolation. His non-profit Food For Soul initiative, run with his wife Lara Gilmore, aims to feed those excluded from society with healthy and tasty food that might otherwise have been thrown away. His Refettorio social kitchen projects in Rio De Janeiro, London, Paris, Milan, Bologna and Modena use surplus ingredients, often donated by supermarkets, to create high-quality dishes, such as spaghetti carbonara with banana skin ‘bacon’, in an inclusive environment.

Food For Soul has inspired Bottura’s latest book, Bread Is Gold, which showcases some of the extraordinary dishes that can be made with very ordinary ingredients. His previous book, the critically acclaimed Never Trust A Skinny Italian Chef, was a cheerful look back at 25 years of Osteria Francescana. He has spoken at countless symposiums and conferences across the world. And he has appeared on several TV shows including Chef’s Table, and in a documentary called Theater of Life (2016). His award-winning Villa Manodori range of olive oils and balsamic vinegars might be steeped in centuries of tradition, yet Massimo Bottura’s guiding philosophy never fails to look ahead with wonder, and imagine a better future.

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Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura
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50122
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Massimo Bottura Gathers Chefs to Cook with Leftovers
Massimo Bottura presents a tasty teaser of his upcoming project for the Expo 2015 in Milan - a unique collaboration that will see chefs cook with leftovers.
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Massimo Bottura's Speaks About His New Istanbul Restaurant
An exclusive chat with Massimo Bottura about his new restaurant opening 27th May in Istanbul.
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50 Best 2014, 10 Dishes for the Top 10 Restaurants | Gallery
Not to forget this amazing edition of World's 50 Best Restaurants, here is a selection of food pictures of the top 10 restaurants' dishes.
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Preview Massimo Bottura's First Cookbook With Phaidon (Video)
Watch the video trailer for Massimo Bottura's first cookbook 'Never Trust A Skinny Italian Chef' to be published by Phaidon this fall.
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World's 50 Best Restaurants: 2014 Tidbits | Video
An exclusive report with the most significant clips from the 2014 World's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony at the Guildhall in London: watch the video!
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World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014 | The Social Story
Noma on the top of the World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014 and more: the event as it happened on the night, told through tweets, pictures and videos.
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World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Here is the Full List
Here is the full list of World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Noma is once again the Best Restaurant in the World, find out all the top 50 restaurants of 2014.
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Massimo Bottura 'Live From Milan': It's Spaghetti Show | Video
The Italian chef Massimo Bottura, took the stage of the S.Pellegrino event to prepare a special potato spaghetti dish: here is the video of his performance.
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Gelinaz! 2014 in New York - Report and Video
A video and report from Gelinaz! 2014, a secret event involving the world's best chefs and a big surprise for Wylie Dufresne.
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The Art of Fine Food is "Live from Milan"
A unique food experience starts today during Milano Design Week: S.Pellegrino will bring on stage seven of the best Italian chefs to cook live an iconic dish.
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WATCH: Massimo Bottura Dishes on His Early Career
In this video from Staff Canteen, Italy's most renown chef Massimo Bottura talks about the early days of his career and his passion for food, art and music.
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UPDATED: Massimo Bottura To Open Restaurant in Istanbul
Here's one more reason to visit Turkey: acclaimed Italian chef Massimo Bottura is opening a new restaurant at a luxury shopping mall in Istanbul.
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World's Best Restaurants According to Daniel Boulud
Chef Daniel Boulud of the Daniel restaurant in New York has offered up his list of the world's best restaurants.
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Massimo Bottura Wins Global Gastronomy Award
Acclaimed Italian chef Massimo Bottura has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2014 White Guide Global Gastronomy Award.
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Identità Golose 2014 - Day 3
A look back at the highlights of the final day of the international chef congress Identità Golose - a three day event held in Milan.
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Identità Golose 2014 - Day 2
A look back at the highlights from day two of the international chef congress Identità Golose - a three day event held in Milan.
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Daniel Patterson's Google Talk
Daniel Patterson holds a Google Talk discussing his work at the Coi restaurant, Californian cuisine and his relationship with a well known Italian chef.
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Massimo Bottura's Exciting New Year's Eve Menu
Acclaimed Italian chef Massimo Bottura is dishing up a fabulous New Year's Eve menu at his restaurant Osteria Francescana inspired by dishes around the world.
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Massimo Bottura: A Master of Mushrooms
What's next for Massimo Bottura? The acclaimed Italian chef is set to receive a prestigious award in Spain for his mastery of mushrooms.
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Amazing Food Porn From 'Astrid & Gastón'
Check out the amazing dishes being made at Gaston Acurio's flagship restaurant 'Astrid & Gastón' in Lima, currently the number one restaurant in Latin America.
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Massimo Bottura: “Tradition in evolution”
FDL speak with Massimo Bottura about how Italian cuisine is changing and get some Italian restaurant suggestions from the charismatic chef.
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How The World's Best Chefs Find Inspiration
An interview with the Adria Brothers, Massimo Bottura, Michel Bras, Davide Oldani, Carlo Cracco and Antonino Cannavacciuolo on how they find inspiration.
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Massimo Bottura on Changing Italian Cuisine
In an interview with DuJour, Italian chef Massimo Bottura opens up about his passion for transforming traditional Italian ingredients into modern masterpieces.
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The Dish on Identità New York 2013
Find out what the Chefs have been cooking up at Identità Golose New York this past weekend. View the gallery.
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Video - Lunch with Massimo Bottura
A trip to Modena in Italy to meet with with the passionate chef Massimo Bottura as he serves up his views on Italian cuisine and how it is developing.
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Bottura Supports the Crowdfunding for Bernini's Masterpiece
A solidarity campaign just took off to help raise funds to save Italy's art patrimony and the territory affected by last year's earthquake.
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Get A Chance To Meet David Chang, Massimo Bottura
The New York Public Library is hosting a chat with acclaimed chefs David Chang, Massimo Bottura and Daniel Patterson. Don't miss your chance to meet them!
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A Lunch with Italy's Stars at Harrods
FDL sits down for a special lunch inside Harrod's and speaks with some of Italy's top chefs about why they believe Italian food is on the rise.
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Massimo Bottura and Daniel Patterson Interview
A video interview with chefs Massimo Bottura and Daniel Patterson discussing how they stay creative and the importance of working away from the kitchen.
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World's 50 Best Restaurants 2013 | 'Osteria Francescana', Number 3 on the List
The Italian chef Massimo Bottura rises again, making his Osteria Francescana restaurant the third best in the world.
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50 Best Restaurants | Recipes
Want to cook like a Michelin starred chef? Here are some recipes from the top 10 chefs in the 2013 World's 50 Best Restaurants list.
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50 Best Restaurants 2013 List is Here
The World's 50 Best Restaurants list for 2013 has now been published and here it is, including video and written interviews with many of the worlds best chefs.
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Tortellini, A Childhood Memory For Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura, Italy's most renown chef, takes a moment to recall one of his fondest childhood memories: making tortellini with his mother.
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13 Michelin Stars at Harrods Italian Lunch
A look at a very special Italian dinner to held at Harrods in London including seven of the world's best Italian chefs.
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Osteria Francescana Manager: "World's 50 Best Changed Everything"
The manager of Massimo Bottura's restaurant, Giuseppe Palmieri, says coming fourth on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list changed everything for them.
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Cancun's Riviera Maya Food Fest (Photos)
All eyes were on Cancun this weekend as it celebrated the 2nd annual Riviera-Maya Food Festival with great chefs including Massimo Bottura and Enrique Olvera.
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A Taste of Italy in the US
Three exclusive dinners celebrate Italy in the Year of Italian Culture in the U.S. Let’s discover the “flavors” behind them with their creator Massimo Bottura
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Come to Italy with Us - The Social Story
A look at the first of three dinners from Massimo Bottura to celebrate the Year Of Italian Culture in the U.S
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Massimo Bottura’s “An eel swimming up the Po River” for a Taste of Italy in US
A look at one of the dishes that Massimo Bottura will prepare tonight at the ICC for first of three special dinners called Taste of Italy
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Bottura’s “Key to Italy” The Year of Italian Culture in the U.S.
A look a one of the dishes from a the special menu designed by the Italian chef Massimo Bottura for the Taste of Italy series of dinners held in America
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Four Days of Food and Wine in Cancun
A look at the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival, a four day event in one of the most beautiful locations in the world
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Bottura and Andrés - Chefs of The Year
Awards for José Andrés and Massimo Bottura as they're named chefs of the year by The Daily Meal food website
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5 Michelin Chefs, 5 Dishes Under 5 euros
Want to enjoy fine dining on a budget? Five stellar European chefs offer their ideas for succulent dishes under 5 euros
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Identità New York 2012: The Chefs' Congress In Pics And Quotes
A group of international top chefs gathered together in the Big Apple for an annual food congress that pays homage to the best Italian food and cuisine
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Bottura Named Best Chef In Italy
Massimo Bottura's 'Osteria Francesca' has been named the best restaurant in Italy by the prestigious Guida Espresso, an Italian guide dedicated to fine dining
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San Sebastian's Gastronomika 2012 Highlights
San Sebastian, the world's Michelin-star capital, hosted the 14h annual Gastronomika culinary congress which featured some of the world's best chefs
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Pictures: Alex Atala Enjoys Tokyo
During his trip to Tokyo for the G9 gastro-summit, Alex Atala enjoyed the city with his colleagues Ferran Adria, Massimo Bottura, Gastón Acurio and Joan Roca
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Sun Sets on G9 Summit in Tokyo
Read all about this year's G9 gastro summit which featured culinary ambassadors like Ferran Adria, Gastón Acurio, Dan Barber, Joan Roca and more
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Ferran Adria Welcomes Chefs To Tokyo For G9 Summit
Ferran Adria, the leader of the G9 gastro summit, welcomed some of the world's greatest chefs to Tokyo ahead of the 2012 World Summit of Gastronomy
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Food Pictures by Enfoodie
A collection of food pictures from Osteria Francescana, the 5th best restaurant in the world
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Massimo Bottura | Mad Food Camp 2012, Video #2
Check out the second video installment of the Rene Redzepi's Mad Food Camp 2012. The video features renown Italian chef Massimo Bottura
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Chef Massimo Bottura: "Emilia Is In The Five Ages Of Parmigiano"
An interview with the Italian chef at Osteria Francescana restaurant in Modena, Italy, about regional culinary tradition and local ingredients
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Osteria Francescana Reopening Next Week
Italy's top restaurant is reopening after a month of renovations. Chef Massimo Bottura said the restaurant will highlight Italian food, art and design
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Mad Food Camp 2012: 12 Topics + 7 Quotes From Copenhagen
A report from Rene Redzepi's Mad Food Camp in Copenhagen, looking at the themes and quotes that emerged from the food festival
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World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012 | Osteria Francescana, Number 5 On The List
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The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012 News Round-Up
The 50 Best Round-up: With just hours until the ceremony we take a look at some of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurant news from this month
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Bottura on Slow Food and Only Ten Days until The 50 Best Restaurants
Only ten days to go until the 50 Best Restaurants, Massimo Bottura speaks about slow food and we have a small taste of what to expect on the 30th of April
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Gagnaire's Classes, Herman's Video and Bottura's Slow Food
50 Best Restaurants News: Pierre Gagnaire to host a cooking class, Massimo Bottura supporting slow food and a day in the life of Sergio Herman at Oud Sluis
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50 Best Restaurants: FDL Revisits Massimo Bottura
A meeting with the Italian chef Massimo Bottura - 4th on the list at the World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2011
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Australian Tidbits from Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2012
Some of the world's best chefs, butchers, producers and even the World's Longest Lunch: Australia hosts the 20-days food event now in its 20th edition
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A Day with Best Chefs in the World
World's best chefs are real celebrities and foodies want to know more about their passions and cooking philosophies: don't miss our videos and interviews
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Semana Mesa 2011: Report from the Congress in Brazil | Gallery
This year, more than 11,000 foodies attended the Semana Mesa conference in Sao Paulo, a celebration of Brazilian food. Special guests: the top Italian chefs
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Mistura Festival 2011 in Peru: More Than Just Food
160,000 dishes, 500,000 loaves of artisan bread, 8 tons of fruit, and 500 litres of pisco sour in just 10 days? It must be the Mistura Festival, Gastón Acurio,
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Dine at Nine: Le Grand Fooding NYC 2011 | Gallery
FDL went to Ana Ros' dinner (or was it breakfast?) at Le Grand Fooding’s Exquisite Corpse event in New York: a 52-hour cooking marathon shared by 13 chefs
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Chefs' G9: a Gastro-Social Manifesto
The best chefs in the world met in Lima, Perù, to discuss the role of chefs in the world. The result? An open letter to the chefs of tomorrow
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Chef Bottura and the Parmigiano Cheese
Discover one of the most complex and interesting dining experiences by the famous chef Massimo Bottura: the five ages of Parmigiano cheese
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Massimo Bottura: "This is my World"
Massimo Bottura, Italy’s top-rated chef owner of Osteria Francescana restaurant, takes Fine Dining Lovers on a personal, emotional and multi-sensori
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Gourmet Shopping: Chef Massimo Bottura's Online Shop
Massimo Bottura is renowned for the attention he pays to every ingredient he puts in his dishes: his website offers a shop where you can purchase his favouri
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Master Chef - Massimo Bottura, Three Michelin Stars | Video
Three Michelin stared master chef Massimo Bottura, Italian chef of the restaurant "Osteria Francescana", ranked 3rd on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list 2012
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Vico Chefs' Party, the Joy of Cooking
In front of the sea and against the Vesuvio chef Gennaro Esposito welcomes some of Italy’s best chefs and less-famous talents for the pure celebration of food