Three-Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura is to be awarded the prestigious White Guide’s Global Gastronomy Award this year.
The White Guide is Sweden’s leading restaurant guide, which presents ‘the very best, the trendiest, the cosiest, the coolest, the most romantic and the most culturally exotic restaurants’. Its Global Gastronomy Award is given to an international food creator, who has become a role model and source of inspiration in contemporary gastronomy.
Bottura, who runs Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which is currently ranked third in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, joins an elite group of chefs who have won the award since its inception in 2007. Previous winners include Ferran Adrià (El Bulli); Charlie Trotter (Charlie Trotter’s); Fergus Henderson (St John); René Redzepi (Noma); Alain Passard (L`Arpège); David Chang (Momofuko); and Gaston Acurio (Astrid y Gaston).
The White Guide’s jury said it recognised Bottura for continuously reinventing one of the world’s most beloved cuisines and elevating it to new amplitudes for senses and minds to explore and enjoy.
“In constant dialogue with a rich but conservative tradition, Massimo Bottura has developed a dazzling culinary artistry, covering a broad range of expressions from the seemingly simplistic to the intellectually complex,” the jury said.
“Re-engineering what a meal could and should be all about – bridging history with future, North with South, technology with legend and culture with environment, all with an artist’s sensitivity and passion – he has been a major force in evolving the gastronomy of Italy from a standstill backwater to the bubbling melting pot of great traditions and talented innovation it is today.”
The Global Gastronomy Award will be presented to Bottura at the White Guide Gala in Stockholm on 3 March 2014.