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Who is Debora Massari, daughter of Iginio Massari, guest on MasterChef 13 – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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The “royal family” of Italian pastry making – Iginio and his daughter Debora Massari – and Joe Bastianich: they are the illustrious guests who, this evening, will celebrate the three hundredth episode of MasterChef together with the three judges of the program and the contestants. For amateur chefs, it is one of the most feared moments: if the master of pastry chefs has always been the most awaited guest by the public, the competitors are well aware of his proverbial rigour, and they know that, with Iginio Massari (a law in his name) among judges, the bar is inexorably raised. His daughter Debora, however, with a post on Instagram, assures that he is “much more indulgent” than his father.

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Who is Debora Massari

Born in 1975, mother of two children, Debora Massari is one pastry chef specialized in leavened products. After her scientific high school diploma and her degree in Food Science and Technology (her experimental thesis focused precisely on leavened products), in 2019 she became master pastry chef entering the prestigious Academy of Italian pastry chefs. The following year he began working in the family business, bringing innovations and far-sighted and courageous ideas. It is to her that we owe the development of the Iginio Massari brand and the e-commerce launch. Today he is a member of the board of directors of Iginio Massari Srl and teaches at 24Ore Business School. In July 2022, Forbes he inserted it into the annual ranking of the 100 most successful women in Italy.

On Instagram, Debora Massari has almost 500 thousand followers. Through her social networks, she talks about herself, her great passion for dance, her family and friends, publishes appetizing images of her creations and conveys her (very precise) idea of ​​modern pastry making: «Dessert is transgression: it’s true . The important thing is that it is a sin of gluttony and not for the gluttony. Our studies are aimed at increasingly lighter and more beautiful desserts. Dessert can be the end of a meal, and therefore the last memory, or an isolated moment and therefore the choice of a fleeting lust.” For the Massari family, «a dessert is a symbol, it is a form and it is a content: very geometric and increasingly clean lines, exaltation of aromas, explosion of flavors, transcendence of aromatic tastes. This is what we strive to seek, never forgetting that we create for others.” Always at her father’s side, she participates with him in exhibitions, conferences and television broadcasts.

A sporty woman, in great shape, she has also taken a stand against those who have it criticized for thinness: «It is a topic on which people seem to feel the right to express themselves even more than on an overweight body, forgetting the good lessons given by Body Positivity. Does being thin necessarily mean having health problems or even suffering from eating disorders? My physique is the result of genetics and hard work in the gym. Thus, the freedom to like oneself again is lost without having to account to others for one’s appearance and face much more serious accusations, linked to eating disorders and the need for treatment.”

How I convinced my daughter to love broccoli – Italian Cuisine

How I convinced my daughter to love broccoli

Broccoli is certainly one of the best vegetables. Versatile and tasty they are – unjustly – scorned by children but we mothers do not give up, the challenge is to find the right recipes to conquer their throat!

It may be due to their smell or to the slightly strange shape, or more simply to their greenish-green color, but all the children decide not to love broccoli. It's a great classic. And it's a shame because they are very rich in nutrients, contain very few calories and help keep bones strong and stimulate growth.

It is true that in the kitchen one must be inventive, especially if one is a parent, but our children make us do somersaults to create delicious dishes that deserve at least to be tasted. So we try to turn ourselves into star chefs and they, as ruthless judges, repay us instead by combining all the colors at the table in order not to eat the prepared meal. But how much patience do we have to have, every night, every day, to fight against their resistance by looking for ways to hide some healthy vegetables like broccoli for example? So much, I answer myself. This is why I looked for all the recipes that could in some way detract from my daughter's reticence and convince her, once and for all, that broccoli is good and has never harmed anyone!

To each his broccoli!

I discovered that there are many recipes that could easily convince children to eat broccoli. They are fantastic as a sauce for pasta, not just the orecchiette, but also i tagliolini with broccoli and clams, i garganelli with escarole cream, broccoli and culatello or a classic one broccoli pesto pasta. And for those who love the latter more, the tasty broccoli stew and curry potatoes, the baskets with artichokes, broccoli and potatoes, the broccoli and scamorza triangles, the cod with butter with broccoli and hazelnuts and i Baked broccoli with gratin béchamel.

How about? Do you want to bet that one of these recipes will also win your child, just like it happened with mine? I reveal you his favorite recipe, but at the end of the post though!

Recipes for children with broccoli

My daughter's favorite recipe

In my kitchen, simplicity has won and since I started preparing a tasty broccoli pesto following the recipe of La Cucina Italiana I can make my daughter eat a nice portion of broccoli every week. Mom 1 – Daughter 0, ball in the middle!

Dark Chocolate and Mint Chip Clouds

Easy light and airy cookies made with only 5 ingredients!

We’ve been making chocolate chip clouds for quite a long time in my house, my oldest daughter who is quite the baker, always makes, not because they are light (she’s too young to care about calories) but because they are so good. And, since her BFF has Celiac, these are the perfect gluten-free cookies to share.

They are light and airy and melt in your mouth. I think they even get better with time, and they last quite a while if stored in an airtight container.

When I saw these Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels in Target, I knew I had to make these! They are the perfect addition to your Holiday Cookie Swaps.

If you like the combination of mint chocolate chip, then you’ll love these little clouds.

Helpful Tip: Always be sure your eggs are room temperature, and you use metal beaters and bowls for perfect meringues every time.

Dark Chocolate and Mint Chip Clouds

Servings: 15 • Serving Size: 2 cookies • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 3 pts 
Calories: 130.5 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 23 g • Fiber: 0 g • Protein: 1 g • Sugar: 22 g
Sodium: 11 mg 


  • 3 large egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate and mint morsels (Nestle)


Heat oven to 300°F. Cover cookie sheet with nonstick silicone pad or parchment paper.

Using a mixer, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar together in large bowl at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar a little at a time, then vanilla, beating well after each addition until you get stiff peaks, the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is glossy.

Fold in mint chocolate chips. Drop mixture by tablespoons onto cookie sheet.

Bake 35 to 45 minutes or just until dry. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack. Store covered, at room temperature. Makes about 30 cookies.

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