The acclaimed chef from Modena, inspires the cuisine of Cavallino with his vision of the history and identity of the region, which he defines – Emilian tradition with a contemporary touch.
Massimo Bottura’s career began in 1986, taking over the Trattoria del Campazzo on the outskirts of Modena. Here, he defined his culinary identity, balancing the twin tasks of experimenting with regional recipes with rezdora Lidia Cristoni and learning French techniques under the tutelage of chef Georges Coigny.
An experience with Alain Ducasse at Le Louis XV in Monaco in 1994, lead Bottura to open Osteria Francescana in 1995, in the historic center of Modena. Five years later he worked in the kitchen of Ferran Adria at El Bulli where he refined his reinterpretation of tradition. Osteria Francescana was awarded 3 Michelin stars in 2011 and was ranked first on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016 and 2018.
Bottura is also known for his commitment to the fight against food waste and social isolation manifested in the philosophy behind Refettorio Ambrosiano, designed in occasion of Expo 2015. With the same spirit, he and his wife Lara Gilmore founded the non-profit organization Food for Soul, active in various countries around the world.
In 2018, both Massimo and Lara activated the social start-up Tortellante, an inclusive project where young adults on the Autistic spectrum work with volunteer Modenese pastamakers to produce tortellini, which are also served at Cavallino.
In 2011, the chef inaugurated his second restaurant in Modena, Franceschetta58, and in 2019 with his wife he opened Casa Maria Luigia, a 12-room luxury guesthouse in the Emilian countryside.
Since 2018 he has collaborated with Gucci with the opening of Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Florence and later in Los Angeles. In addition, Bottura opened the restaurant Torno Subito in Dubai in collaboration with W Hotels Worldwide.
Since 2020 he has been a UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) Goodwill Ambassador.
He has authored two books: Never Trust a Skinny Chef and Bread is Gold, both published by Phaidon Press.
Cavallino serves a hearty Emilian cuisine, where every dish tells a story. It is the kind of cuisine that you just can’t say no to.