On Sunday 28th April, Harrods department store played host to seven of the world’s top Italian chefs, who, when combined, brought a total of 13 Michelin stars under one roof at Harrods's The Georgian restaurant.
Massimo Bottura, the brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, Carlo Cracco, Gennaro Esposito, Luciano Monosilio and Davide Scabin, all joined forces with the renowned Milanese chef’s congress, Identità Golose, to serve the ultimate Italian pranzo in the new edition of Identità London.
Each chef created a dish for the seven-course lunch, taking place in The Georgian restaurant at Harrods. Brothers Enrico and Roberto Cerea, from three Michelin-starred restaurant Da Vittorio, created a salted codfish salad with codfish tripe and smoked potato mousse starter, along with a grand dessert buffet. Massimo Bottura served up 'Psychedelic Veal’, a patriotically and psychedelically painted veal fillet which takes on the great Tuscan tradition of grilled meat without lighting a flame. The veal is cooked sous-vide at 64° C to preserve essential proteins then dressed in the Italian flag with chlorophyll, potato puree and a reduction of Villa Manodori Balsamic Vinegar and Frescobaldi CastelGiocondo Brunello from Montalcino and is one of the signature dishes at chef Bottura’s three Michelin-starred restaurant, Osteria Francescana – which is currently ranked at number five in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Carlo Cracco, head chef of Ristorante Cracco, produced a starter of saffron poached egg with courgettes and mussels, while Davide Scabin, chef proprietor of Combal.Zero, in his trademark avant-garde style, served up a pasta shake which involved diners mixing ingredients into a test tube, shaking and watching as their pasta cooked to perfection before their eyes.
Other dishes served during the lunch included a white fish in an aromatic herb crust with a chlorophyll reduction, created by Gennaro Esposito, chef at two Michelin-starred restaurant La Torre Del Saracino, and the legendary carbonara of one of Italy’s youngest Michelin-starred chefs, Luciano Monosilio.
The lunch took place over the course of the afternoon, in a typical relaxed, Italian style. Before the courses were served, each chef took to the stage to demonstrate the intricacies of creating his chosen dish, with a Harrods trained sommelier giving descriptions of the wine and beer, which had been carefully chosen to complement each course.
With the chefs cooking on the main stage, guests were able to partake in a truly unique culinary experience and join discussions with the chefs in a Q&A session which ran throughout the afternoon - allowing a real insight to each Italian chefs phenomenal recipes. In an exclusive visit, FOUR brings you photos from the event -