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Italy’s Most Famous Chef Coming to the CIA

Massimo Bottura to Lecture and Hold Book Signing on October 14

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Jeff Levine
Communications Manager

Hyde Park, NY – The public is invited to meet Italy’s most famous chef, Massimo Bottura, at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park on Tuesday, October 14. Chef Bottura will be holding 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. Bottura’s restaurant in Modena, Osteria Francescana, is ranked number three 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 features 50 recipes, and reveals Bottura’s inspirations (including contemporary art and music) and insight into how he develops his groundbreaking techniques and flavors. Earlier this week, he appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Chef Bottura’s presentation at the CIA is free and open to the public. The same presentation later that day at New York City’s 92nd Street Y will cost $30 per person, and tickets to see him during his time in the United States are as much as $150.

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Chef Massimo Bottura. (Photo credit: Paolo Terzi Fotografo)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, applied food studies, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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