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Alessandro Borghese in Cremona (for the last episode) – Italian Cuisine

Last seasonal appointment of the program with the chef in the province of Cremona looking for the best restaurant in the countryside

It ends in Cremona, with the episode of February 12th on air as usual on Sky Uno at 9.15 pm, the fifth season of Alessandro Borghese – 4 Restaurants. The latest exciting challenge of the program will see the restaurants of the Lombard province, famous in the world for the workshops of violin making and that boasts among its specialties meats and cheeses of excellent quality not to mention the nougat and mustard, giving a hard time on country kitchen. What will be the best? To decree it will be the restaurateurs themselves led by Borghese chef whose votes (including the bonus of 5 points awarded for a particular dish) will be able to confirm or overturn the result.

The 4 restaurants in the race

Let's discover a preview of the 4 restaurants that will participate in the Cremonese episode.

TRATTORIA IL GABBIANO – Corte De 'Cortesi with Cignone

For Andrea, owner, manager of the room and sommelier of Trattoria Il Gabbiano, fundamental is the love for this work, because only with passion can you survive almost 16 hours a day in a restaurant. His is located in the town square and was originally the old central bar, a structure with a wine room and three small rooms with tables. The menu is purely traditional with some revisited dishes: fresh pasta, poultry meat, sausages and boiled meat, cooked to order with beef, salmistrata, hen, head and cotechino, and served at the center of the table to be shared by all diners.


Milena is a castle, but also a restaurateur. Its medieval castle, in fact, is also the location of its restaurant where it offers a traditional, poor, genuine cuisine. The dishes are prepared according to ancient flavors, with long cooking and local ingredients. It goes from the lasagnette of deer made with the butter of their cows to boiled served to order that here you start cooking the day before.


Owner and manager of the restaurant, Francesca was born in Treviglio, but for ten years she moved to Soncino to venture into the restaurant business. Its restaurant has a modern style, with a dehors made suggestive by the presence of the mill. The cuisine is based on traditional recipes revisited according to the inspiration of the chef. The boiled meat differs somewhat from the classic recipe: the head, for example, is breaded and fried.


A local born in 1961 and led by Sergio who followed in his father's footsteps. From the well-kept and familiar atmosphere, with a characteristic ceiling with exposed wooden beams, the restaurant is located in the open countryside. Traditional cooking plays a fundamental part in the menu especially in winter, a season in which you can taste more local products. The boiled meat is prepared under vacuum and served in single portions with special mustard and particular sauces based, for example, ginger and avocado.

the second episode (with a whole new test) – Italian Cuisine

The 40 competitors who have passed the first selection will meet in direct challenges between fillets and fillet passatelli. Who will conquer one of the 20 places in the talent kitchen?

From 80 to 40 competitors in the first episode, from 40 to 20 in the second that will air Thursday 24 January at 9.15 pm on Sky Uno. The amateur cooks who will officially enter the kitchen of MasterChef for the edition number 8 will be those that will exceed the proof of the Hangar and they will convince the judges Bruno Barbieri, Joe Bastianich, Antonino Cannavacciuolo and Giorgio Locatelli.

The novelty: direct challenges

Feel like redemption compared to a life that so far has left no room for the passion for cooking or simply the goal of realize a dream remained in the drawer for too long: the 40, all fierce and determined, will bring before the four judges their dishes, their stories and all their passion. The mechanism of this year's Hangar provides a great one Announcements: competitors who have passed the first selection will collide in direct challenges, in pairs or in groups of four, whose winners will finally be able to get the apron printed with their name and a place in the MasterClass. A race to the last plate based on heterogeneous tests: from fillet sea bass to foods to be recognized with the only sense of smell, from the chicken to be boned the preparation of great classics of Italian cuisine such as orecchiette with turnip tops or passatelli.

All about 20 competitors

After the weekly first evening appointment, from Friday, January 25th, at 19.50 always on Sky Uno, also part of the daily strip of MasterChef Magazine. At the center of the daily appointment there will be the judges of MasterChef, but above all the aspiring chefs: for the first week, in each episode 4 will be presented.

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