It’s not right that a chef the calibre of Massimo Bottura should keep his culinary secrets to himself. In August 2019 Bottura will be touching down for a tour of Australia, bringing with him a unique mix of traditionalist and modern techniques.
For eight years straight Massimo Bottura’s restaurant, Osteria Francescana has maintained a top five position in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2018, they were named as number one. Bottura’s influence on the humble Modena Osteria has seen Osteria Francescana secure a three-Michelin-star legacy that is evidently alive and thriving to this day.
Massimo Bottura has always had an intimate connection to both the culinary and visual arts. Growing up in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, a young Bottura admired his mother and grandmother’s passion for good Italian food. Following this passion, Bottura opened Osteria Francescana in the historical epicentre of his hometown of Modena. The idea? Combine the physical beauty of contemporary art with daringly modern twists on traditional cooking.
The result of Bottura’s innovation is a countless slew of awards, three published books (including the appropriately titled Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef), and now an international speaking tour.
Although Bottura’s love for Italy’s rich culinary past runs deep, it has been his continuing daring and willingness to break the rules that see him becoming one of the most mentioned names in discussion of ‘world’s best chefs.’ Although Bottura’s specialities are endless, he is a particularly capable cheesemonger. This affinity for cheese and innovation was put to the test in 2012 when Modena was hit by a sizeable earthquake, damaging a staggering 360,000 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano. Not one to let an opportunity pass, Bottura created a range of recipes and dishes that gave the cheese a new, multiple award-winning life.
Massimo Bottura and Osteria Francescana have featured on Netflix’s Chef’s Table, as well as Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. And now, Bottura will be featured in a new tour of Australia. Locations and dates are as follows:
Perth: Riverside Theatre.
- August 6, 2019.
Sydney: State Theatre.
- August 8, 2019.
Melbourne: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Plenary), South Wharf.
- August 10, 2019.
Brisbane: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Great Hall), South Brisbane.
- August 13, 2019.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, April 3, and are available here. Be sure to mark it in your calendar. It’s not every day you get advice from the world’s best chef.