SYDNEY & MELBOURNE
The world renowned chef Massimo Bottura has accepted Lateral Event’s invitation to collaborate in a ground-breaking public show to be toured in theatres across Australia in August 2019.
Video credit; Mr Porter, GQ, Netflix, Theater of Life
One of the most influential men of our times – Live on Stage.
World Number One Chef Massimo Bottura has been listed in the Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2019, not as a chef, but as a pioneer. He joins global luminaries such as Michelle Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Pope Francis, Lady Gaga, and Mark Zuckerberg. See Massimo Bottura Live on Stage in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
The charisma, energy, charm, boundless creativity and determination to challenge are reasons enough for Massimo Bottura to be the world’s most in-demand chef. His restaurant, Osteria Francescana, has three Michelin stars and ranks number one on this year’s list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. It’s located in Northern Italy in his hometown city called Modena, where the great tenor Luciano Pavarotti was born.
Massimo is known also from the Netflix original series, Chef’s Table. He pulls traditional Italian dishes apart, mines his memories and presents the familiar in unfamiliar ways. Audiences see hallmarks of Italian cuisine – tortellini, lasagne, risotto – but in completely new forms. On the plate they look like canvases of abstract expressionist painters.
Massimo Bottura is famous in the culinary world for telling the story of his childhood and life in Italy through his cooking, expressing 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 rooted in the traditions of Northern Italy and his hometown, an ancient city of narrow streets and grand piazzas where they’ve been making parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar the same way for centuries. It’s where Bottura’s love of food began when he was just a little boy, hiding under the kitchen table. Massimo said, “I remember my grandmother was rolling pasta. In the meantime, what I was doing I was stealing the tortellini from under the table and eating it raw.”
Massimo’s love of art and music are evident in all he does. With the help of international artists and designers, he has whipped up support to feed thousands of the less privileged through his drop-in dining halls, elevated soup kitchens conceived to restore the mental and physical well-being of the food-insecure through contemporary design, inspired cooking, and thoughtful table service.
What is less known is the fact that the Italian chef also founded the non-profit association Food for Soul to empower communities to fight food waste and social isolation, with thoughtfully designed community kitchens called Refettorio in Milan, Rio de Janeiro, London and Paris. Refettorio comes from the Latin reficere, meaning ‘to re-make’, and also ‘to restore’. More than just providing a warm meal to those in need, Refettorios are hubs for social inclusion, enriched with art and beauty, where the whole community can gather, be empowered and inspired. This is essential work in a world where one-third of the food we produce is thrown away and over 800 million people are undernourished.
“Chefs today are influencers, and therefore they have a responsibility to help their communities grow and become more sustainable. Part of this growth is the fight against food waste and hunger”, says Massimo. “It’s time for us to go outside our kitchens and listen to our communities, to give back what we have learned in years of hard work, sacrifice, but also satisfactions and rewards. We chefs are as responsible as everyone else to make the difference, and we have to do it now. Not tomorrow, not within a couple of months. Cooking is a call to act”.
Speaking with Ray Martin on a Superyacht at the launch of the August Shows in Sydney in April, Massimo Bottura praised the OzHarvest founder and chief executive, Ronni Kahn, describing her as “an amazing woman … doing a fantastic job” and said they would soon open a refettorio together.
A refettorio is a restaurant where renowned chefs use rescued food to create meals for vulnerable locals. Bottura suggested some of Australia’s top chefs would pitch in to help at the Sydney restaurant, saying: “It’s going to be so easy to build.”
In Australia, more than five million tonnes of food ends up in landfill, costing an estimated $20bn a year. OzHarvest collects over 180 tonnes of food each week from food donors across Australia, including supermarkets, restaurants and catering companies.
Lateral Events deeply regrets that the two August shows with Massimo Bottura in Australia have been cancelled. The cancellation is due to a number of factors beyond our control. All ticket holders will be contacted by Ticketmaster who will make full refunds.
Cancelling shows is the last thing we like to do, and we sincerely apologise to all those looking forward to seeing Massimo on stage.
We hope to see Massimo back on our shores in the not too distant future.