Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana (Modena, and much more) on Monday 27th September, Identità Milano. Photo Brambilla/Serrani
«I'd start by pointing out two facts: I still have butterflies in my stomach, after 16 years of congress. Second: thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the girls and boys at Identità Golose who have created such a great event in such a difficult situation». Massimo Bottura returns full of energy on the stage of Milan after two and a half years.
«We are the ancient people», he says. «We are the product of a huge past behind us. And this makes us wise, even though passively so. The only mistake we could make would be to forget this. A false step we've never made in Francescana. The past is a gold mine. It's experience. Tradition. Territory. It's the place where raw materials are influenced by the spirit of the place. Innovation is based on this. Whether we're aware of this or not, this is our history. We are the ancient people».
A premise to remember all the accomplishments made in this very complicated time. «The lockdowns gave us time, precious time for ourselves and our families. We had a duty to use it fully». So: «From April to now we've opened 4 new Refettori: in Mexico, in Lima, San Francisco, New York. Last Thursday, in the middle of the Australian lockdown, we served the first meal at the soup kitchen in Sydney, 200 meals to go. Then we opened Cavallino in Maranello. Two weeks ago we opened Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Tokyo too. And the United Nations have made me an ambassador against food waste».
Left to right, Valerio Marcattillii and Salvatore Tassa
Takahiko Kondo, chef in Modena
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
born in Milan, 1973, freelance journalist, coordinator of Identità Golose World restaurant guidebook since 2007, he is a contributor for several magazines and teaches History of gastronomy and Culinary global trends into universities and institutes.