Massimiliano e Raffaele Alajmo
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Here is the chef-enfant prodige of the world highest cuisine scene, Massimiliano Alajmo! Side by side with his brother Raffaele, he’s prolonging a triumphant march in the history of cuisine. Of course, it’s not easy to go beyond the three Michelin stars, received when he was almost a kid, but… On march 19 1994, when father Erminio and mum Rita Chimetto left them the keys of their restaurant (one-starred at that age) they couldn’t expect the creative disorder and the glorious jump that Massimiliano and Raffaele would switch on soon. Rita was the chef’s first teacher («he’s a cake sculptress», he likes to say) while Erminio teached the maître Raffaele how to handle a restaurant with care, irony and savoir faire.
But Massimiliano was not satisfied with the family teachings and went soon to France to cook with Michel Guérard and Marc Veyrat , from whom he learned how to move with very precise and clear neatness, an ability furtherly improved by frequent escapades gourmands to the high cuisine French and Spanish sanctuaries. Awarded with the second star when he was just 22, he got the third at 28, being the youngest 3-starred chef in the history of Michelin ever. His nicknamed “Mozart of high cuisine” comes from his precociousness but also from the culinary depth that hides under his brilliant, free and easy surface.
To speak to Massimiliano means to experiment the seriousness of a game, philosophical and even religious issues that expressive decency and esthetical transfiguration metamorphosise into flashes of very simple pleasures. That is, the metaphysics of a tomato or a fish filet ruled by technique and strictness. Massi’s cuisine is very modern but loved even by kids, neither banal or conceptual, between tradition and avant-garde. That is, beyond definition. A rope-dancer on a perfect balance.