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Men who, for a moment, leave pots and pans to tell us their experience and point of view


Christoph Bob: Chef's Table is the best restaurant where I have ever dined

The German chef now living in Italy tells us about his memorable dinner at César Ramirez’s, a Mexican in Manhattan

23-04-2018 | 12:00

The counter at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare in New York, with chef César Ramirez, 3 Michelin stars. 431 W 37th Street in Manhattan (photo www.brooklynfare.com)

Read | 23-04-2018 | 12:00 | Chefs' life stories

Behind the Bras’s no to Michelin

Dreaming freedom, protecting family values. An extraordinary testimony of the days they rejected the 3 stars

20-02-2018 | 07:00

Simone Cantafio, chef and director at restaurant Michel Bras in Toya, Japan, between Sebastien and Michel Bras. Born near Milan in 1986, Cantafio has been working with the Bras for almost 10 years

Read | 20-02-2018 | 07:00 | Chefs' life stories

Here’s how Marchesi and Bras refused the Michelin stars

Italian Simone Cantafio experienced both episodes, almost 10 years apart. The day Gualtiero said no

19-02-2018 | 07:00

A clipping from weekly magazine Panorama, published after the famous episode in 2008 when Gualtiero Marchesi, then at Albereta in Erbusco (Brescia), refused his 3 Michelin stars. Second from the right, Simone Cantafio, from Milan, now chef and director in Toya, at the restaurant Michel and Sebastien Bras opened in Japan - another family that recently refused 3 Michelin stars

Read | 19-02-2018 | 07:00 | Chefs' life stories

Biassoni in the magic temple of Ryugin

The chef from Iyo tells us about his recent internship at Seiji Yamamoto’s restaurant in Tokyo. An enlightening experience

25-12-2017 | 07:00

Third from the left, front line, Michele Biassoni, chef at Iyo in Milan, with the team from Ryugin in Tokyo, 3 Michelin stars, where he attended a 3-month internship, from August to November 2017. Chef Seiji Yamamoto is standing beside him

Read | 25-12-2017 | 07:00 | Chefs' life stories

Felice Sgarra, thoughts of an Apulian in Asia

The bright lights of Shanghai and Singapore, Chinese palates, Italian identity. Tour notes by the chef from Andria

13-02-2017 | 17:00

Felice Sgarra, of restaurant Umami in Andria, Apulia, one Michelin star. The following thoughts are based on his recent Asian tour in Shanghai and Singapore. Next stop: Taipei

Read | 13-02-2017 | 17:00 | Chefs' life stories

On being the right arm of Alléno

The story, career and ambitions of Martino Ruggieri, 30, the chef adjont at Pavillon Ledoyen

14-11-2016 | 06:00

In 2014 Martino Ruggieri, from Martina Franca (Taranto), born in 1986, became part of the staff at the Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris (3 Michelin stars) after a long significant experience (among others, Villa Fiordaliso with Riccardo Camanini, La Pergola with Heinz Beck, l'Atelier with Joë Robuchon in Paris). He later became chef adjoint next to Yannick Alléno (in the photo, left to right, Ruggieri, Alléno and Gualtiero)

Read | 14-11-2016 | 06:00 | Chefs' life stories

The Italian with the Benelux uniform

Andrea Miacola will compete in the S. Pellegrino Young Chef: he works in The Netherlands, after Cracco, Alajmo and...

11-08-2016 | 06:00

Andrea Miacola won the Benelux finals for the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2016. The Italian young man, born in 1987, tells his story in this article for Identità Golose

Read | 11-08-2016 | 06:00 | Chefs' life stories