Massimo Bottura

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Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura, from World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2012.JPG
Massimo Bottura at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards
Born (1962-09-30) 30 September 1962 (age 57)
Modena, Italy

Massimo Bottura (born 30 September 1962) is an Italian restaurateur and the chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena,[1] Italy which has been listed in the top 5 at The World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010 and received top ratings from ESPRESSO, Gambero Rosso and the Touring Club guides.[2] After first winning the 50 Best Restaurants in 2016 Bottura announced the refettorio that he had established in Milan the year before would continue and went on to form the cultural foundation Food for Soul.[3] Bottura spends a lot of time in New York City for spreading the Italian culinary world and tradition.

Osteria Francescana was ranked The World's 2nd Best Restaurant at the S.Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2015. In June 2016 Osteria Francescana was ranked No. 1 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants, and No. 2 in 2017. The restaurant was again ranked No. 1 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018.

Early career and life[edit]

Massimo was born and raised in Modena in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. He developed an interest in cooking from a young age after watching his mother, grandmother and aunt in the kitchen preparing family meals.[4]

Bottura was an apprentice to chef Georges Coigny.[5]

Bottura also worked with Alain Ducasse at Le Louis XV in Monte Carlo in 1994.[6] Ducasse invited him to stage in his kitchen following a surprise visit to Trattoria del Campazzo.[7]

Osteria Francescana[edit]

On 19 March 1995 Bottura opened Osteria Francescana in the medieval city centre of Modena.[8] His concept was to juxtapose culinary tradition and innovation with contemporary art and design.

Bottura then spent a summer at elBulli with Ferran Adrià, which encouraged him to continue pushing boundaries and re-writing rules with his cuisine.[9]

In 2012, shortly after Osteria Francescana was awarded its third Michelin star, the restaurant closed for the summer for a period of refurbishment and opened with an updated insight into Bottura's two biggest passions - contemporary art and avant garde cuisine.[10]

Bottura and Osteria Francescana were featured in episode one of the first season of Netflix's Chef's Table series in 2015, and the second episode of the second season of Master of None. Bottura had heard that the series had shot at nearby Hosteria Giusti, and directly confronted Eric Wareheim and Aziz Ansari one evening, asking why they had not approached him. He offered them a full meal, which was subsequently shot for the episode and featured the actors' real reactions to his food.[11]

Other restaurants and projects[edit]

Franceschetta 58, an informal dining brasserie and bar serving small plates was Bottura’s second restaurant project and opened in 2011 in Modena. This was a collaboration with Bibendum director Marta Pulini.[12]

He is on the board of directors of the Basque Culinary Centre, a project directed by Ferran Adrià.[6]

After the 2012 Northern Italy earthquakes in the region, which caused damage to millions of pounds' worth of Parmigiano-Reggiano, Bottura worked with local producers to raise awareness of the situation.[13] He also took part in the Crave International Food festival in Sydney in October[14] and played the leading role in a festival in Taiwan, La Festa di Chef Massimo Bottura.[15]

2013 Bottura took on the role of Ambassador for Food in the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.[16] He was also a guest of honour at the Cancún-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival in March.[17]

In May 2014, he opened his first restaurant outside of Italy, "Ristorante Italia di Massimo Bottura" in Istanbul, Turkey.[citation needed]

In January 2018, he opened Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura at the Gucci Garden inside the Palazzo della Mercanzia, which formerly housed the Gucci Museo, in Florence, Italy.[18]

In February 2019, Massimo worked in partnership with W Hotels to open Torno Subito at W Dubai - The Palm on Palm Jumeirah.

In May 2019, Massimo opened a new concept, Casa Maria Luigia, a 12 room guesthouse with a dining venue. [19]

Food for Soul[edit]

In 2016, Chef Massimo Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore founded Food for Soul, a non-profit organization conceived to build culture as a way of empowering communities and advocating for healthy and equitable food systems.[20] The very first seed was planted during Expo 2015 in Milan, when Bottura, in partnership with the Italian NGO Caritas Ambrosiana, decided to approach the dual issue of food wastage and social vulnerability in a new way. Bottura’s concept was to reinterpret the church refectory, where monks used to gather around long communal tables to have their meals, and turn it into a welcoming dining hall where the city's most vulnerable population could find a moment of restoration. Every day, guests were served a three-course menu prepared using the unutilized produce from the Expo’s pavilions that would have otherwise been thrown away. The first Refettorio was born.[21]

Since then, Food for Soul has developed several projects around the world in partnerships with local partners. By building community spaces where people are invited to connect around a meal, Food for Soul wants to demonstrate the value and the potential of people, places and food and encourage the community served to advocate for social change.[22]

To date, Food for Soul has successfully launched four Refettorios (Refettorio Ambrosiano in Milan, Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro, Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s in London and Refettorio Paris in Paris) and three smaller projects called Social Tables (Social Tables Ghirlandina in Modena, Social Tables Antoniano in Bologna and Social Tables Made in Cloister in Naples).[23]


Bottura has written five books:

  • Aceto Balsamico (2005) Autoritratti in Cucina ISBN 978-8886174749
  • Parmigiano Reggiano (2006), PRO
  • Attraverso tradizione e innovazione (2006)
  • Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (2014) Phaidon Press ISBN 978-0714867144
  • Bread is Gold (2017) Phaidon Press ISBN 978-0714875361


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  2. ^ "The Best Restaurant in Italy - Or Best Restaurant in the World?". Forbes. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  3. ^ Turner, Brook (30 March 2019). "Massimo Bottura's tour through the world's best restaurant". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Interview With Massimo Bottura - Lavender and Lime". 11 November 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Chef Massimo Bottura - Biography at". Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Day 2 - Massimo Bottura: Never Stop Planting — MAD". 14 November 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Osteria Francescana, superba creazione dello Chef Massimo Bottura Osteria Francescana, superb creation of the Chef Massimo Bottura - The Hotel Specialist – The Hotel Specialist". Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Third Michelin star for Massimo Bottura - - Your guide to all things food and travel related". Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  9. ^ Abend, Lisa (1 August 2011). "elBulli Closes: Final Dinner at Influential Restaurant". TIME. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Osteria Francescana Reopening on Sept. 5th". 31 August 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
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  12. ^ "Franceschetta 58 opens in Modena, Italy | Spoonhq – Food PR & Restaurant PR Blog". 30 November 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
  13. ^ Gelb, David, dir. "Massimo Bottura." In Chef's Table. Netflix. 26 April 2015.
  14. ^ "The Daily Meal".
  15. ^ "Spoon HQ,Massimo Bottura in Taiwan".
  16. ^ "Fine Dining Lovers, Year of Italian Culture".
  17. ^ "Fine Dining Lovers, Cancun Riviera Maya Food & Wine Festival".
  18. ^ "Eater, Massimo Bottura Opened an All-Day Restaurant at the Gucci Garden".
  19. ^ "Casa Maria Luigia - Experience the Emilian Countryside". Casa Maria Luigia. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  20. ^ "MasterClass Expands Culinary Repertoire with Michelin Star Chef Massimo Bottura". Yahoo Finance. PR Newswire.
  21. ^ Adams, Tim. "Massimo Bottura and his global movement to feed the hungry".
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