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Itchefs on the move

Claudio-RossiClaudio Rossi from Singapore to Toronto. After 2 years as Executive chef at the Singapore Regent Hotel, Claudio Rossi is leaving the post in December to go on to Toronto as Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel, the first to be opened by this prestigious chain.


The unbelievable Italian flavour of Bangkok


“The only passable Italian restaurant, at that time, was the Italian Pavilion.” Norbert Kostner, Bangkok Mandarin Oriental Hotel Executive Chef, still remembers when he arrived in Bangkok over 35 years ago. Born in Val Gardena, Norbert is an icon of the local hospitality industry and is the forerunner of the numerous Italian chefs who have since arrived in the Thai capital, the majority in the last 10 years.
These young professionals, many being GVCI associates, run the best and most successful restaurants as chefs or restaurateurs and have made Bangkok one of the Asian capitals of Italian cuisine.




The longest spaghetto in the world has been prepared last week in Italy at Villa Le Pianore (Lucca), during Demetra, a fair dedicated to food and agricultural products.
The unique home made spaghetto was 7560 meters long and was eaten by the participants to the fair.




There are less than 40.000 still alive. In 40 years France has lost more then 150.000 of them. We are talking about bistros: the quintessential French way to eat out. The data came from an article published in the Italian Newspaper La Repubblica, written by their senior food writer Licia Granello. They were once the kingdom of hearty cuisine and wines, old familiar service, dusty furniture and relaxed atmosphere. Fast food boom, strict no smoking policies in public spaces and a market increasingly demanding lighter dishes have conspired against this culinary institutions. The crisis doesn’t seem to be over, despite the fact that celebrity chefs, as Alain Ducasse, have a bistrot (Benoît) in their restaurants’ portfolio.




Gordon Ramsay is to open and oversee a fine dining restaurant in Tuscany. The chef has put his name on the Cantina Restaurant at the Castel Monastero hotel, a 76-room luxury hotel that will open in the Tuscany region in Italy next July. Castel Monastero, once home to the Chigi Saracini family of Siena, is set in the mediaeval village of Monastero dell’Ombrone. Ramsay will oversee a fine dining restaurant set in the hotel's 13th Century cellars that will showcase ´the best in Tuscan cuisine'. Announcing the news on the Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) website, Ramsay said: "Tuscany is world renowned for its food culture and it is a privilege to be a part of it. At Castel Monastero we will use the best produce the region has to offer, from its white truffles to its exceptional olive oil."

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