10-05-2015 | 12:30 e 14:00
Every week the “Italian & International Best Chefs” format presents a special event: the chef livening up the kitchen of Identità Expo from Wednesdays till Sundays will play in a duet with a foreign chef, creating a truly unique meeting of different styles. The first four handed menu will be signed by Ugo Alciati, main protagonist of this week at Idendità Expo, and Matias Perdomo, the chef from Uruguay who received great praise while working at Pont de Ferr and who in July will open his own restaurant in Via Meda: Contraste.
Alciati, born in 1967, is a very important figure in the gastronomic world. His surname recalls the history itself of Italian cuisine. In 1960 his parents, Guido Alciati and Lidia Vanzino, created the famous Guido ristorante in Costigliole: it was the most innovative restaurant in that period, capable of enhancing traditions and, at the same time, proposing a “market cuisine”, connected with seasonality. Ugo, nicknamed “the Alciati in the middle”, because he has both a younger and an older brother, started to learn to cook in the restaurant, with pastry making (“I made my first meringue at 9”, he says) and then working on savory dishes, following his parents’ teaching but also developing his own style, according to his shy but determined personality.
After Castigliole, since 2003, Ugo has always worked in his own restaurant in Pollenzo, even though in 2013 the restaurant moved to Villa Reale, in the middle of Fontanafredda’s organic reserve in Serralunga d’Alba. Here Ugo Alciati keeps combining tradition and seasonality, continuing the family tradition – his mother was considered the “Queen of agnolotti del plin” – but always surprising his guests. And during the “Italian & International Best Chefs”’s first week he will surely be able to confirm the same to all of you.
As for Perdomo, born in Buenos Aires in 1980 but actually from Uruguay and now living in Italy, he is also famous for his signature dish, the excellent Caramelised Tropea onion with goat cheese.
Fine dining at Expo 2015 goes under the brand of Identità Golose thanks to Identità Expo, the event – created in collaboration with S. Pellegrino – which for six months will summon great Italian and international chefs to Milan for a unique, extremely elegant temporary restaurant. There will also be lessons, cooking shows, meetings, demonstrations... All this animating a rich programme of events (soon online), the result of the organisational effort and prestige of Identità Golose.