Famous Italian Chef Coming to the CIA

The public is invited to meet Italy's most famous chef, Massimo Bottura, at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park on Tuesday, Oct. 14. 

Chef Bottura will hold a lecture and book signing in the college's Marriott Pavilion at 10 a.m. as part of his first book tour of the United States. Chef Bottura's restaurant in Modena, Osteria Francescana, ranks No. 3 on the 2014 World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

Chef Bottura has been called "the Jimi Hendrix of Italian chefs" by Mario Batali for his innovative, boundary-breaking dishes. His Michelin three-star restaurant honors Italian food traditions while boldly advancing the cuisine into the future. 

He is in the United States for just nine days to promote his first major cookbook: Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef (Phaidon, $59.95, Hardback).

The book is a tribute to Chef Bottura's 25-year career and the evolution of Osteria Francescana. It has 50 recipes, and reveals Bottura's inspirations, including contemporary art and music, and insight into how he develops his groundbreaking techniques and flavors. Last week, he appeared on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

Chef Bottura's presentation at the CIA is free and open to the public.

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