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This year's Taste of Milan festival is now over - held over four days the event saw 12 chefs open pop-up restaurants for the people to sample their food. A number of producers and companies were also at the event to present their products to Milan's food loving public.
Davide Oldani from D'O restaurant, Lorenzo Santi from La Maniera Di Carlo and Viviana Varese from the Alice restaurant were just a few of the Milan based chefs who attended the event. There were cooking demonstrations and talks for people to learn new techniques in the kitchen, water and wine pairing sessions from Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino and a special pop-up restaurant by the two Michelin starred Indian chef, Atul Kochhar, from Benares in London.
Spaghetti, gnocchi and eggplant parmigiana were in abundance - with many of the chefs trying to provide guests a real taste of Italy with modern and often surprising twists. Like the lamb with eggplant caponata by Matias Perdomo from Al Pont De Ferr - presented as an eggplant made from sugared glass and filled with a tomato, eggplant and Parmigiano cheese foam - a world away from the classic recipe of caponata.
Other chefs delighted guests with dishes they may otherwise not try, like Andrea Aprea from VUN at Park Hyatt who prepared ox cheeks cooked in a smoked potato finished with white truffle. He told us how his team upset the other chefs at the festival after they bought all the ox cheeks in Milan.
Taste is an event to try, sample and experience foods, dishes and ingredients you may otherwise not get a chance to eat. It's this discovery and experience of new flavors and styles that make the festival so much fun.
Above you'll find a gallery of some of the tastes we discovered at this year's event and a few tips from the chefs for their favorite Tastes of Milan.
Stay tuned as we'll also be publishing some great recipes from all the chefs featured in the gallery...