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Massimo Bottura to bring his celebrated food to India for the first time

Massimo Bottura and his team will travel to New Delhi for the first time to re-create the magic of their Three Michelin starred restaurant from Modena, Italy at the Leela Palace New Delhi on 21st & 22nd April 2023. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Indian gourmets, Culinary Culture and The Leela Palace New Delhi present Osteria Francescana, rated as the Two-Time World No.1 restaurant by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and helmed by celebrity chef and philanthropist Massimo Bottura.

Massimo Bottura the Italian maestro

Massimo Bottura, the Italian maestro chef, widely known for his innovative approach to Italian cuisine was included as part of Time Magazine’s World’s 100 most influential people list and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A key ingredient in Massimo’s food is the underlying social and environmental consciousness imbued in every dish he serves. As founder of Non-Profit organization called ‘Food for Soul’, Bottura leverages his global platform to advocate for reduction of food waste and protecting the environment and biodiversity through sustainable cooking practices and ingredient sourcing. His commitment to sustainability echoes the eco-aware values championed by The Leela.

The Osteria Francescana: world’s best restaurant

Osteria Francescana, the 12 table restaurant he started in Modena in 1995, is widely recognised as one of the most difficult restaurant reservations in the world with waiting list than goes into the thousands. The restaurant was awarded the title of ‘The World’s Best Restaurant’ on two occasions in 2016 and 2018 by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

The special menu created for New Delhi will feature vegetarian and non-vegetarian renditions of Bottura’s signature and most iconic dishes such as ‘Oops I Dropped the Lemon Tart’, ‘The Crunchy Part of the Lasagne’ and ‘Psychedelic Cod Not Flame Grilled’ amongst others. In the lead up to the dinners, Bottura will also host an invite-only interactive session, where he will be in conversation with Vir Sanghvi, India’s leading food authority.

Namaste India, I can’t wait to be back in your beautiful country very very soon! I’m bringing my team from Osteria Francescana in Modena to cook two amazing meals in New Delhi in partnership with Culinary Culture and The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts. We are preparing a beautiful menu and I can’t wait to be back in India and give everyone a warm hug!”

Massimo Bottura

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