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50 Best and Michelin Guide: why do chefs care so much about appearing? – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

50 Best and Michelin Guide: why do chefs care so much about appearing?


Let’s start with a concept: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 it is a ranking, not the bible of catering. We won’t bore you with the methodology that leads to the final result: to simplify, it’s a mega-survey among professionals – with notable and declared lobbying actions (ergo, there’s no point in denying it this time it didn’t work for Italy) – while the Michelin guide it is the evaluation of a group of people (the legendary inspectors) who go around the premises anonymously, getting it right or wrong. So, in light of the half disappointment (three quarters, if you think about it) that arose from the night in Las Vegas, the question is: will we have real damage from the almost general worsening of our best restaurants? Yes and no. In the meantime, let’s remember how it went for our heroes: Lido 84 in 12to position (he was seventh in 2023), Reale at number 19 (he was 16th), Piazza Duomo in 39th place (he was 42nd, hurray) and Uliassi only in 50th (he was 34th). In the list from 51st to 100th there are Atelier Moessmer at 52nd and Le Calandre at 51st while Mudec greeted us which in 2023 was 85th.

The “very good lounge”

The damage is of a promotional nature for the Italian food system and for the establishments that need – and almost all of them do – international customers. Because beyond the legitimate pride of being among the best chefs in the world, it is about being part of the “very good salon” that brings a group of serial gourmets from one part of the globe to the other, even in frankly uncomfortable places. Example no. 1 is represented by Lido 84 by the talented Camanini brothers: great cuisine, full of ideas; very nice restaurant with splendid terrace overlooking the lake; Italian hospitality. But only the presence, at the top, in the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 it allowed him – we have proof of this – to seat Mexican, Japanese and American customers in Gardone Riviera, even and above all out of season when there is desert around. The good Davide Scabin who was part of it for a few years with Combal Zero always remembers that «the moment I entered or returned, I received hundreds of emails to book from all over the world. When I lost positions they automatically dropped.” And the Fifty beauty. Which for Italians – including gourmets – doesn’t mean much (find someone who will mention Reale’s placing, but everyone knows it has three stars), but for those who want to broaden their horizons a lot.

Michelin arrives later but…

And here we are with the fact that seen through our eyes, the fall of the gods is more a question of personality than reality. In the sense that the Italian clientele (small, objectively) of our top venues only looks at the Michelin guide: hence the terror, especially of the chef-patrons, in losing a Star and the infinite joy in winning the first one or rising in rating. Now, it is also true that the maximum ratings often coincide or rather Nostra Signora Rossa usually comes later to certify the excellence, as was the case with Noma. Disfrutar, new restaurant n.1 (almost obvious) for the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024 has the Three Michelin Stars, Extebarri – second in the ranking – only one, but it is the temple of grilled cuisine, therefore perfect for those who love trends, but not for the Little Red Book. Table Bruno Verjus, surprise of the year, boasts two, but be careful, it is located in Paris and even in this case it does not have the perfect standards for the Guide. For the record, our best ones – apart from the aforementioned Lido 84 – have had the Three Stars for some time.

Bottura’s role

Pulling the strings, if you want to “be in the world” it is essential to be part of the 100 chosen beyond the real value. Without any malice, three-quarters of the South American or Asian restaurants in the ranking are inferior to dozens and dozens of European and Italian restaurants first and foremost. While from one country to another, Michelin can be more proactive (in France, obviously) or more severe (Italy, but up to a certain point); but it becomes complicated to criticize her for assumptions. On the topic The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2024, we will have the counter-proof of every reasoning (theoretical, lobbying and concrete) in a year under the Mole: Turin will host the 2025 edition. The great maneuvers have already started, with the objective – not easy, we say it now passing as pessimists – to raise the group’s prices. Because, it is fair to point out, now the real phenomenon – namely Massimo Bottura – is in the Hall of Fame and has been co-opted to better organize next year’s event. We could say it’s a shame you’re not still playing.

Pizza and bubbles at home: Delivery Valley takes care of it – Italian Cuisine

Pizza and bubbles at home: Delivery Valley takes care of it


Delivery Valley and Santa Margherita combine pan pizza and bubbles, creating new limited edition combinations, to be ordered comfortably at home

Pizza and bubbles they travel up to our tables with Delivery Valley, the first dark kitchen in Italy in via Col Di Lana 8 in Milan, born from an idea of ​​the chefs Alida Gotta is Maurizio Rosazza Prin.

Forget the classic combination with beer and get ready to be conquered by an explosion of flavors that combines two all-Italian excellences: to enhance the taste of pizza and selected seasonal ingredients Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut Santa Margherita.

Pizza and bubbles with Mother F **** r yeast

Thanks to the collaboration with the historic winery Santa Margherita, will be available in a limited edition of the special combos of pizza in a pan and Prosecco Superiore, which can be ordered from Mother F **** r yeast on the main delivery apps: The (Holy) Margherita with tomato sauce, fior di latte mozzarella, yellow cherry tomatoes, confit red tomatoes, dried tomato powder, basil oil; there Speak Easy with mozzarella base, Asiago Dop, Speck Dopg in strips, champignon mushroom cream, spinach leaf and pretzel powder crumbled with dill and finally Kiss Me Alice with mozzarella base, leek bagnacauda, ​​baked pumpkin and Jerusalem artichoke, radicchio and peppers filangè. There is also a special combo with 2 pizzas and a bottle of Prosecco Superiore in a 0.75 l bottle.

Delivery Valley: the first dark kitchen in Italy

But what is one dark kitchen? It is a real professional restaurant kitchen, but without the room, therefore dedicated exclusively to the delivery service. The start-up created by the former Masterchefs Alida Gotta and Maurizio Rosazza Prin received more than 20,000 orders in less than six months and today includes five types of virtual restaurants and specialties to taste: the pizza in a pan of Mother F **** r yeast, the burgers of Giga Burger, the chicken of Turn Turn Roast, the pork ribs of Giga Ribs and the mixed fried Fritt Fighter.

Giga Ribs also offers a special collaboration, Giga Ribs by Tenuta Sassoregale, which includes 1 kg of ribs cooked at low temperature for 10 hours, with homemade barbecue sauce, roasted potatoes and a 750 ml bottle of Sangiovese Maremma Toscana DOC by Tenuta Sassoregale. With Giragirarrosto you can order the Special Edition by Consorzio Olio DOP Chianti Classico which offers a tasting of a typical Tuscan recipe: Beans all’uccelletto with DOP Chianti Classico Oil.

Quarantine skin care – Italian Cuisine

Quarantine skin care


Facial skin is one of the areas that is most affected by stress, emotional tension and wrong lifestyles. But there is no shortage of solutions for always bright and uniform skin. Find out here useful strategies right now

Staying at home is necessary to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. During the days of social isolation, however, it is important to take care of the skin. We face a complicated period that causes uncertainty, anguish, sadness, agitation. When we are under stress, the skin, especially that of the face, is also affected. During the day we take on a long and frowning and sad expression which in turn facilitate the appearance of wrinkles for example on the forehead and around the mouth area. Emotional tensions and internal discomforts can also promote redness, irritation and other ailments such as pimples and late acne. Even the wrong lifestyles like a high calorie diet or the wrong positions in front of the computer, tablet and smartphone can put a strain on it. For this reason, even in these days it is important not to neglect it. How? Here is one beauty routine tailored with ad hoc tips and suggestions for this period.

Pimples, impurities and dull complexion: how to fight them

The emotional tensions and the possibility of having the fridge and pantry always available increase the risk of giving in more easily to comfort food and sins of gluttony. Incorrect nutrition can have negative consequences on the beauty of the skin. Excessive intake of foods rich in refined carbohydrates and sugars such as pizza, focaccia, pasta, bread, cakes, industrial snacks for example affects the state of health, including that of the skin. "It promotes aging and endangers skin brightness and hydration. An extra dose of carbohydrates also promotes the destruction of elastin and collagen, two proteins present in the connective tissue, "he says Dvora Ancona, cosmetic surgeon. The first favors its elasticity. Collagen, on the other hand, protects it and keeps it toned and compact. But there is more. A diet rich in refined carbohydrates, adds the expert, "promotes inflammatory states, which are responsible for many skin disorders such as pimples and acne". What to do to avoid it? The advice is to prefer a balanced diet rich in vegetables at the table. "Vegetables and seasonal fruits provide vitamins and antioxidants that protect the skin from inflammation and free radicals. Even foods that provide essential fatty acids such as blue fish (sardines, anchovies, mackerel, herring), salmon, extra virgin olive oil, oilseeds are allies of the skin ", explains Dr. Dvora Ancona further. A mistake to avoid? Do not cleanse your face. «Even if in this period we don't wear make-up or use make-up rarely, this step is fundamental in the daily beauty routine. It allows you to remove impurities, responsible for dull complexion, blackheads and pimples. In the morning, in particular, it allows you to remove the sebum produced by the skin at night. In the evening, however, it allows you to get rid of all those substances that settle on the skin during the day due to smog and polluting agents. To effectively remove any impurities, the ideal is to use delicate products such as micellar water, "suggests the expert.

How to stay away from digital aging

In this period we spend a lot of time in front of the screens of PCs, tablets and smartphones and even the skin is affected. "Excessive exposure to blue light from digital devices promotes oxidative stress, which accelerates skin aging and the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging," explains Dvora Ancona. What to do to minimize the risks? «It is necessary to protect the skin with ad hoc treatments and creams based on antioxidants. Among these, vitamin C and vitamin E stand out, which protect it from external aggressions and raise its defenses. In addition, it is important to keep the devices away from the face and to lower the brightness of the screen. In addition, it can be useful several times a day to do a facial massage to facilitate the oxygenation of skin tissues. Just pinch the skin slightly starting from the cheekbones .

What to do to erase tiredness

Because of the worries of the period, at night we often rest little and badly and consequently in the morning we find ourselves with a tired and worn face. To make the skin of the face more luminous and beautiful, a DIY moisturizing mask is recommended to be applied a few times a week. «Just mix 1 tablespoon of honey together with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and apply the mixture on your face with light circular massages. After leaving it on for 4 minutes, rinse your face with warm water , suggests Dvora Ancona.

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