Massimo Bottura & Lara Gilmore: “LA is Like Sparkling Water”

Chef Massimo Bottura has a willing accomplice in his spouse Lara T. Gilmore in his gastronomic explorations and ruminations  that tread a fine line between imagination and reality. Bottura is an impatient culinary creator whose creative mind  races at warp speed. Should you have occasion to engage in a conversation with him you soon realize that he has…

Elena Arzak: Respect for Her Legacy

A chef’s food is not the only testament to their talent. According to Chef Elena Arzak these days it encompasses their involvement in issues outside the realm of their kitchen. The world famous chef heads the kitchen of the three Michelin star Arzak restaurant in San Sebastián with her father Juan Mari. I recently spent time…

Albert Adria: An Enigma for All, Barcelona, Spain

One of the world’s most celebrated cooks is surprisingly that unassuming guy in a black hoodie or t-shirt and jeans sprinting around the neighborhood that houses the Adria ElBarri collection of restaurants in Barcelona. Eating Suquet (a Catalan fish stew) with brother Ferran and Anthony Bourdain shooting for his next season is all a part…

Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy: Signature of a Chef

Around Massimo Bottura, you sense the palpable energy of a man who is impatient to catch up with the constant ideas and visions flowing through his consciousness. Never at a loss for words he can carry on extensive conversations with whomever he ‘chooses’ to engage with. I often refer to him as him “Professor Chef”…