Massimo Bottura tops World's 50 Best Restaurants!

The Italian chef's Osteria Francescana took the top spot at the awards ceremony in New York City last night
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Massimo Bottura at The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in New York, June 2016
Massimo Bottura at The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in New York, June 2016

Massimo Bottura’s book might be called Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, but on receiving the award for the number one spot in the 2016 list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the 53-year-old sounded remarkably sincere last night.

“Our job is all about hard work,” the founder chef of Osteria Francescana told the audience at the Cipriani Ballroom in Manhattan last night. “People think we are rock stars, but it's all about our work – in the kitchen, every day, to work and succeed."

 

Massimo Bottura at The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in New York, June 2016
Massimo Bottura at The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in New York, June 2016

It was a typically charismatic, magnanimous speech from a chef who has helped reinvent Italian food, and restaurant philanthropy, for a worldwide audience. Over the past few years the chef’s restaurant in Modena, northern Italy, has found fame for contemporary interpretations of his national cuisine, concocting such dishes as The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna, and a Memory of a Mortadella Sandwich, while the chef himself has pioneered a number of impressive charitable enterprises, which has seen Bottura help redistribute broken cheeses after the 2012 Italian earthquakefeed the hungry in Milan and Bologna; and consult with Sam Kass, Michelle Obama’s Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy.

 

Redzepi and Bottura with the staff at Refettorio Ambrosiano. Image courtesy of Bottura's Instagram
Redzepi and Bottura with the staff at Refettorio Ambrosiano. Image courtesy of Bottura's Instagram

Indeed, Bottura went on to invite his fellow chefs to join in him Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympics, where he plans to open one of his Refettorio Ambrosiano soup kitchens, serving healthy food to the city’s poor, just as he did during the 2015 Milan Expo

 

Massimo Bottura with his wife Lara and his children Alexa and Charlie, at the White House. Image courtesy of Bottura's Instagram
Massimo Bottura with his wife Lara and his children Alexa and Charlie, at the White House. Image courtesy of Bottura's Instagram

What’s more, Bottura wasn’t the only Phaidon winner last night. André Chiang’s Restaurant André rose 14 places to 32; Virgilio Martinez's Central was at number four; René Redzepi’s Noma restaurant was ranked at number fiveAndoni Luis Aduriz's Mugaritz was at sevenAlex Atala's DOM was at 11Enrique Olvera’s Mexico City restaurant Pujol was at 25 while his New York restaurant Cosme was at 96Albert Adria's Tickets was at 29; Gastón Acurio, Astrid y Gastón was at 30Magnus Nilsson’s Faviken was at 41; and Dan Hunter's Brae was at 65.

 

Massimo Bottura and co at The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in New York, June 2016
Massimo Bottura and co at The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards in New York, June 2016

Congratulations to Massimo and all of the Osteria Francescana brigade. To find out how they did it buy a copy of Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef here. You'll have to wait a season or two for our Dan Hunter and Virgilio Martinez titles, however you can browse through our other food and cookery books here.


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