Multi-Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura is no stranger to uniting people from all over the world through our love of food.
In May 2012, when two earthquakes devastated the region of Emilia-Romagna threatening to destroy 360,000 wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano that take a minimum of 24 months to make, Massimo came up with the idea of a global cookathon, and devised a recipe for risotto cacio e pepe - a twist on a traditional Roman pasta dish - ensuring all the Parmesan was sold to keen cooks from as far afield as Tokyo to New York, no livelihoods were lost, and no businesses went bankrupt.
Since what Massimo calls this "social gesture," he's opened Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura at the Gucci Garden in Florence in 2018, and second on the rooftop of the Gucci boutique in Beverly Hills in January 2020, while turning diners away in their tens of thousands from Osteria Francesca, his three-Michelin starred restaurant in Modena.
Fast forward to the Coronavirus crisis of 2020, with Italy on lockdown, and the world needs Massimo Bottura more than ever.
His solution? Kitchen Quarantine, a new IGTV cookalong. "First of all, wash your hands," he announced on Instagram as he teased the show. "Second, stay healthy. Drink a lot of orange juice, freshly squeezed, and with all the peel, you can make a great marmelade for the morning for breakfast." Well, you need to show us how to do that first please, Massimo.
The first episode of the IGTV series which aired last night demonstrated the art of handmade tortelli.
Stay tuned to Massimo's Instagram account to master more of La Cucina Italiana, and don't miss the next issue of Grazia Middle East for Massimo Bottura's recipe for revolution. Buon appetito!
Photo: Pablo Enriquez