Chef Massimo Bottura has become a leading figure among Italian chefs. Since gaining his three Michelin
stars at Osteria Francescana and the second place ranking on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list he is
now a globally respected innovator and restaurateur, one of the world’s most creative culinary forces.
Two of his restaurants, Osteria Francescana and offshoot brasserie Franceschetta58, are situated in his
hometown of Modena, in the culinary-rich region of Emilia-Romagna.
Over the past twenty years since Osteria Francescana opened, the restaurant has been no stranger to
critical acclaim. It was awarded its first Michelin star in 2002, a second four years later and a third in 2011.
The restaurant has also been listed in the top 5 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the past five
years and has been the highest ranking Italian restaurant for the past seven years. The restaurant achieved
near perfection with the highest vote ever recorded -19.75 out of 20 - in the l’Espresso dining guide and is a
member of Le Soste and Les Grandes Tables du Monde. Massimo Bottura’s trailblazing Italian cuisine has
finally been embraced.
In 2014 saw the release of Massimo Bottura’s first English language book with Phaidon Press, Never Trust a
Skinny Italian Chef. Italian and Dutch translations exist and have since been followed by French and Spanish
The NETFLIX project CHEF’S TABLE, a feature length documentary by Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David
Gelb was launched at the end of April 2015.
Massimo Bottura took a lead role in EXPO Milano. Running from May to October, through his project at a
disused and refurbished theatre, Chef Bottura invited chefs from around the world to participate in Food for
Soul at Refettorio Ambrosiano. Phaidon will publish a book of the recipes in Fall 2016.
In October 2015, one of Italy’s most prestigious and widely-read publications revealed its L’Espresso
Restaurant Guide 2016. For the first time on record L’Espresso awarded a 20/20 rating, which it gave to