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Published April 4th 2019
Update July 29th 2019
Please note this event has been cancelled.
Come and see one of the world's best chefs
The world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura has accepted Lateral Event's invitation to come to Perth! He will join in a ground-breaking public show to play in theatres across Australia in August 2019.
The event will be held on Tuesday 6th August 2019 from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. It will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth. It will be on in the Riverside Theatre and you can get your tickets here. The cost of the tickets is from $96.85 to $168.25. You can also get VIP tickets which include After Club & Meet and Greet.
Some of you may also know Massimo from the Netflix original series 'Chef's Table'. He dissects and changes traditional Italian dishes and turns the familiar that we know into the unfamiliar. And all with such flair that he has become so popular in so many places. When you watch Massimo, you see an endorsement of Italian cuisine. There are foods like tortellini, lasagne, risotto but they are completely different from how we know them. On the plate, they look like "canvases of abstract expressionist painters."
Massimo Bottura is famous in the culinary world for spouting the story of his childhood. His life in Italy is told through his cooking and this expresses themes of art, history, family, music and more. He is described as "poet, storyteller and artist as much as a cook".
His culinary creations are centred in the traditions of Northern Italy and his hometown. This is an ancient city with narrow streets and grand piazzas. In this city, they have been making parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar the same way for centuries. This is where Bottura's love of food began when he was just a young boy. He used to hide under the kitchen table. He remembers his nonna or grandmother rolling pasta. And meanwhile, he was stealing the tortellini from under the table and eating it raw.
Massimo's love of art and music are also quite obvious in all that he does. He has the help of international artists and designers in getting support to feed thousands of the less privileged. This is done through his drop-in dining halls which are elevated soup kitchens. He began these to help the mental and physical well-being of those less fortunate. These places that he has started give inspired cooking and thoughtful table service to many homeless people.
What the public knows less about is the fact that the Italian chef also founded the non-profit association Food for Soul. He did this to empower communities to fight food waste and social isolation. This was done with thoughtfully designed community kitchens called Refettorio in Milan, Rio de Janeiro, London and Paris.
Refettorio is a word that comes from the Latin reficere meaning to re-make and also to restore. Refettorios are more than just providing a warm meal to those in need. They are also hubs where people can socialise and are enhanced with art and beauty. Here the whole community can gather, can be empowered as well as inspired. This is essential practice in a world where one-third of the food we produce is thrown away and more than 800 million people are undernourished.
Massimo is a firm believer in the fight against food waste and his life is run partly around this. He believes that chefs are as responsible as everyone else to make the difference and it needs to be done now.
He is now about to open a refettorio community restaurant for some of the homeless people in Sydney with the help of food rescue organisation Oz Harvest.
This will help feed the many vulnerable locals and some of Australia's top chefs would be helping at this Sydney restaurant.