Monday, April 02, 2012
Male on Monday: Giorgio Locatelli
This is a man who came from Northern Italy, moved to London when he served an appentriceship at the Savoy and then worked in Paris, finally he returned to London created one Michelin starred restaurant Zafferano and then opened his own Locanda Locatelli which earnt its Michelin star the year after it opened. He comes from an Italian cooking dynasty and credits his grandmother with inspiring him with a love of food. When he was little, he used to help out in his uncle's Michelin starred restaurant on the shores of Lake Commabio. He is truly an alpha male in the kitchen. His attention to detail and making sure that the food is cooked just right for the customer is legendary.
To see Sicily Unpack is to travel to Sicily with a wonderful guide. If you have not seen the programme, I highly recommend it.
This clip will explain about Locatelli's voice and general joie de vivre. In the clip he speaks about his philsophy of life and his nightmare about pans.
If you ever happen to be in London, and can get a table. Locanda Locatelli does have excellent food. The booking has to be done a month in advance and they don't take reservations over the internet. It is truly an experience.
Finally his books are a wonderful way to feel inspired about cooking, Italy and life in general. SO if you are looking for an Italian hero, you could do worse than to investigate Giorgio Locatelli.
Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance for Harlequin Historical as well as loving Italian food. You can read more about Michell and her books on her website www.michellestyles.co.uk Her next book His Unsuitable Viscountess is published in August 2012 in both the UK and the US.