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Gennaro Esposito and the other starred menus to taste in flight – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay


And that’s just the latest news: for ITA Airways Business Class has cooked some of the greatest chefs in our country. An idea that started in 2022, with the declared intent of bringing Italian haute cuisine on the flight, inaugurated by the menu of Enrico Bartolini, the Italian chef with the most stars. Then came Giancarlo Morellia Michelin star at Pomiroeu in Seregno who has thought of other wonderful dishes (“Ratatouille”, “Beef in oil” and, finally, the dessert “Milk and mint”). And again, among others, for ITA Airways they cooked Ernesto and Alfonso Iaccarino of Don Alfonso 1890a boutique hotel and famous restaurant (two Michelin stars before the recent renovation) in Sant’Agata tra i due Golfi (Massa Lubrense, Naples) who presented their sustainable and respectful cuisine with four other creations: “Lobster salad with citrus fruits, yogurt and pink pepper”, “Strascinati from the Sorrento Peninsula, with light tomato ragù”, “Rediscovering rock fish in crazy water”, “Traditional lemon delight”.

Ernesto and Alfonso Iaccarino at Restaurant Don Alfonso 1890 in Sant’Agata sui due GolfiStefano Scatà

Michelin Stars in Flight: A French Idea

The idea of ​​bringing starred cuisine on board was the French, and the national airline AirFrance. In 2019, it entrusted the creation of the new business and first class menus to starred chefs Régis Marcon, Emmanuel Renaut, Guy Martin and Andrée Rosierand since then it has periodically relied on new chefs (among the latest Dominique Crenn).

The new examples

Since then it has been a crescendo, and now the list of companies that offer haute cuisine on board is very extensivealso because the chefs – together with the carriers – have developed new techniques and trained the cabin crew so that the dishes maintain their aromas and flavors even in flight. All this – for those who can afford business class, that is – has contributed to making the gastronomic experience central, giving it back its shine after years in which we were used to eating very cold bread and frozen butter while traveling, along with overcooked vegetables and steamed chicken.

And it’s nice to know that Italians are the main protagonists of this new wave and have a new way to let the world taste their dishes. Another example is The Company, the first company (also French) with only business seats, which has started the “Chefs&Co” program by entrusting Italian chefs with the menus, or some dishes, to be offered to passengers flying on its direct flights from Milan to New York. For now, Lorenzo Cogo, Felix Lo Basso, Chiara Pavan, Isabella Potì and Floriano Pellegrino have cooked for La Compagnie, and who knows what other surprises the next trip will have in store for us.

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How many starred restaurants are there in Italy? – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay

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When it comes to starred restaurants, Italy does very well, and this is confirmed by the ranking of the prestigious magazine Chef’s Pencil, which has just concluded a gigantic research to photograph the global situation of the establishments awarded by the Michel Guide all over the world. Well, in the following ranking – commented by the experts who conducted the study – we are on the third step of the podium, just one point away from the second place.

The ranking of the countries with the highest number of starred restaurants

  1. France
    With 639 restaurants starred France, cradle of the Michelin Guide, continues to be the undisputed world leader. Not surprising, considering that French cuisine has long been considered the epitome of fine dining. Furthermore, the “red” covers the entire territory, a big advantage compared to some global competitors such as Japan, China or the United States, where geographical coverage is more limited.
  2. Japan
    Host 393 restaurants Michelin starred and Tokyo is the city with the greatest concentration in the world (more than Paris, London or New York). Japanese cuisine has become the second most important culinary offering in the Guide’s restaurants globally, cementing Japan’s position as the leading destination for fine dining worldwide. The country is also home to some of the most expensive Michelin restaurants in the world.
  3. Italy
    Italian food is universally adored, and although its most renowned export is the humble pizza, Italy’s culinary tradition offers a myriad of exquisite dishes that elevate it to the realm of fine dining. Italy hosts 392 Michelin restaurantsjust one less than second-placed Japan.
  4. Germany
    Despite the 313 starred, is definitely an under-appreciated food destination. Spain, or its smaller neighbors to the south and north – Switzerland and Denmark, respectively – are much better known internationally for their food scene, although neither can compete with Germany when it comes to restaurant volume with Michelin stars.
  5. Spain
    It boasts 269 ​​restaurants Michelin and is home to some of the most legendary food establishments in the world. El Bulli, chef Ferran Adrià’s now closed restaurant, was for many years considered the best and most innovative ever. But this was not an isolated case: El Cellar de Can Roca, DiverXO, Aponiente, Disfrutar or Asador Etxebarri are just some of the Spanish venues considered among the best in the world.
  6. United States
    They host 228 starred, second among non-European nations. The Michelin Guide has expanded its local presence in recent years to include Atlanta, Miami or Denver, which have added a significant number of venues to the local guide. However, New York and San Francisco remain the cities with the highest concentration: world-renowned for their food scene, they are also among the most expensive in the world for fine dining.
  7. United Kingdom
    It stands out with 187 restaurants of the highest level. Although renowned for its traditional pub fare and iconic fish and chips, the UK’s fine dining scene is as hot as ever. From the bustling streets of London to the picturesque countryside, diners can indulge in a rich array of dining experiences, ranging from contemporary interpretations of British classics to cutting-edge culinary creations.
  8. Belgium
    With a rich culinary heritage and a penchant for culinary innovation, it has carved out a prominent place on the global gastronomic map. Home of 143 restaurants starred, Belgium offers a delicious range of fine dining options that reflect its cultural diversity and culinary excellence. It’s also one of the most affordable countries to dine at a Michelin restaurant, so all the more reason to put Belgium on your foodie bucket list.
  9. Swiss
    With 134 restaurants awarded by the Guide and spread across its picturesque cities and enchanting villages, Switzerland offers a gastronomic journey like no other. Plus, it’s the second-most densely populated country in the world with Michelin restaurants, so you’ll never be too far from an exceptional meal.
  10. China
    The continental one hosts 123 restaurants Michelin, which places it second in Asia after Japan. There’s a lot to love about traditional Chinese cuisine, and the local food scene is as diverse as China itself. You can try some fabulous Sichuan delicacies in Chengdu, superb Hangzhou cuisine in its namesake city, Hu cuisine in Shanghai and gourmet Beijing food in one of Beijing’s top Michelin restaurants. Naturally, there are also some outstanding Michelin restaurants in China specializing in Italian cuisine is French.

Who is Mauro Uliassi, the starred chef guest at MasterChef 13 – Italian cuisine reinvented by Gordon Ramsay


MasterChef 13 in the home stretch and Mauro Uliassi he is the chosen guest for the external event. Let’s find out more about the starred chef from the Marche region.

In fact, these are decisive moments for the five amateur chefs involved in the penultimate round of the cooking show. This evening Antonio, Eleonora, Michela, Niccolò and Sara will take a further step towards the finish line, which is starting to come into sight. The doors of the kitchen of a three Michelin star restaurant will open for them: the aspiring chefs, in the most demanding outdoor test, will be able to cook at the stove Uliassi restaurantby chef Mauro Uliassi, in Senigallia, in the province of Ancona.

Who is Mauro Uliassi?

Mauro Uliassi is one of the greatest Italian chefs, and his skill has been confirmed by three Michelin stars (the last one in 2019), 5 Espresso hats, 3 Gambero Rosso forks. With his cuisine he expresses his personality, creativity and his great love for the sea. Born in Senigallia in 1958, after hotel school he explored the world of catering by doing various internships in Italy and Europe. An experience that helped him get to know other chefs, their proposals and their secrets, which he was able to treasure. He also taught for 15 years at the hotel school of Senigallia, transmitting his passion to young students.

In 1990, together with his sister Catia, opened the Uliassi restaurant, on the Senigallia seafront, between the canal port and the beach, with a breathtaking view of the sea. Quickly becoming a point of reference for those who love quality cuisine, Uliassi is a place that offers simple and contemporary, but at the same time innovative, dishes. His cuisine is based on traditions of the Adriatic coast, but is enriched by contamination and from the influences that Mauro Uliassi has assimilated in his travels and from his experiences. The sea is his main source of inspirationbut also game and products from the Marche region, such as saturnia peach, have ample space in his cuisine.

Every year, Mauro Uliassi presents ten new dishes, which complement its classic proposals. Among his most famous dishes, the broth slippera piece of bread that you dip in a concentrated fish sauce, the creamy mozzarellawith anchovies, basil, candied tomatoes and fried capers, the cuttlefish tagliatelle and nori seaweed pesto (an idea born after a visit to El Bulli by Ferran Adrià). And again, the smoked spaghetti with clams and datterini tomatoes grilled, a reinterpretation of the classic seafood dish, and the red prawn, with lemon water, basil and melon, in a contrast of flavors. But Uliassi managed to deliver white pasta is also gourmet, prepared with desalted herring and fish stock (recipe here).

The chef is also a author of cookbooks, in which he talks about his philosophy cuisine, its recipes and its stories. She published Sidecar in 2005 and Mauro Uliassi meets Giovanni Gaggia in 2021. He is also an appreciated speaker at the most important international gastronomy congresses, where he brings his testimony and his innovative vision.

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