10 November 2014sees the Connaught in Mayfair, London, known for its gastronomic heritage, welcome Michelin Star Chefto cook in London for the first time, as he celebrates the launch of his new book “Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef”, published by Phaidon. Michelin Star Chef has opened her kitchens and restaurant at the Connaught forand his team to create an eight-course menu comprising of his favourite historical dishes from Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy – twiceranked 3rd at the “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” awards.

The eight-course menu has been carefully devised byto feature some his most recognised dishes including the colourfully named:“The crunchy part of the lasagna”,“Beautiful Psychedelic spin-painted veal, not flame grilled”and “Oops I dropped the lemon tart”.

comments:“The Connaughthas come to feellike my home in London andIcould not be more delighted to be cooking there in November.The service isunparalleled for me andthehotel represents a serene meeting point of heritage and modernity. I am honoured that Hélène Darroze has been so generous to open her kitchens and distinguished restaurant to welcome me to London.

General Manager at the Connaught, Nathalie Seiler-Hayez comments:We are truly honoured thathas chosen the Connaught as his home to cook for the very first time in London, and we look forward to having a touch of Italy in our kitchens for the day! The international food scene in the capital is more diverse than ever and it’s exciting for hotel restaurants to be at the very heart of it.”

“at the Connaught” is available for dinner at at the Connaught on Monday 10thNovember only.MassimoBotturawill be in attendance together with his team of chefs from Osteria Francescana. The tasting menu is priced at £250 per person and includes a welcome glass of Krug champagne, a signed copy ofNever Trust a Skinny Italian Chefalong with balsamic vinegar and olive oil samples fromBottura’s personal selection. Guests will also be able to choose a wine pairing option at the dinner for £95.

Reservations can be made online atwww.the-connaught.co.uk/massimo-botturaor for further information call 0203 147 7200.

The Connaught

In the heart of London’s Mayfair, the Connaught, part of Maybourne Hotel Group, blends contemporary style, classic English character and impeccable service to create the ultimate in sophistication. Rooms and suites to suit every mood, exquisite cuisine from Hélène Darroze, the charm of the Connaught and Coburg Bars, and Europe’s first Aman Spa make this the perfect place to rest, relax and dine in style.

MassimoBottura

Over the past ten years Chefhas become a leading figure among a new generation of Italian chefs. His work both as an innovator and restaurateur confirm him as one of the world’s most creative culinary forces. He owns two restaurants in his hometown of Modena, in the culinary-rich region of Emilia-Romagna,the 3 Michelin star Osteria Francescanaand offshoot brasserie Franceschetta58.Opened in 1995, Osteria Francescana has held 3 Michelin stars since 2011.ChefBottura’s first restaurant outside of Italy, Ristorante Italia diMassimoBotturaopened in May 2014 in Istanbul. The restaurant takes inspiration from Osteria Francescana but is an entirely unique proposition.His cuisine is full of compelling contradictions: it is both traditional and conceptual; it is deceivingly minimalist in its presentation and yet full of complex flavours, textures and cultural references to art, literature and history.Massimo Botturacreates real works of art through his food. Find out more about Chef Botturahere.

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