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Michelin-starred Italian chef Massimo Bottura to cook at London's Connaught hotel

23 October 2014 by
Michelin-starred Italian chef Massimo Bottura to cook at London's Connaught hotel

Three-Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura is to cook at the Connaught hotel in London's Mayfair, to mark the publication of his new book, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef.

The chef will be serving an eight-course menu in the restaurant of Helene Darroze on Monday, 10 November. The menu will feature some his favourite dishes from his Modena restaurant Osteria Francescana including "The crunchy part of the Lasagna", "Beautiful psychedelic spin-painted veal, not flame grilled" and "oops, I dropped the lemon tart".

The tasting menu will cost £250 per person, plus wine pairing for an optional £95, which also includes a welcome glass of Champagne, a signed copy of Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef, and samples of balsamic vinegar and olive oil from Bottura's personal selection.

Published by Phaidon, the 296-page book was released on 6 October, and promises to be "an exclusive insight into one of the most influential figures in modern Italian gastronomy".

Bottura commented on the one-off event, saying: "The Connaught has come to feel like my home in London and I could not be more delighted to be cooking there in November. I am honoured that [Connaught chef] Hélène Darroze has been so generous to open her kitchens and distinguished restaurant to welcome me to London."

Having first opened his Osteria in 1995, he has held three Michelin stars since 2011. He also owns the nearby brasserie, Franceschetta58, and in May this year he opened his first restaurant outside of Italy, named Ristorante Italia di Massimo Bottura, in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 123-bedroom London hotel is part of the Maybourne Hotel Group, and its two Michelin-starred, four AA Rosette restaurant is usually staffed by French chef Hélène Darroze. It also features the Espelette bistro, and a spa.

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