On Monday, the cover of T magazine’s upcoming “The Greats” issue featuring Michelle Obama garnered a lot of attention. But for our money, the star of the Oct. 23 issue is Italian chef Massimo Bottura.
There’s a crazy video, shot by filmmaker Yuri Ancarani with help from sound engineer Mirco Mencacci, in which Bottura cooks up his famous “Crunchy Part of the Lasagna” dish in a soundproofed, microphone-rigged room and serves the dish to a robot figure. All so we can enjoy the sounds of this process. For the accompanying article, Jeff Gordinier spent three days in Modena, mixing in along the way with some Harvard Business School folks and nearby Umbria resident Nancy Silverton. From his piece:
Should you visit Bottura’s home, which he shares with Lara Gilmore and one of their two children (the other is in college), it is a safe bet that he will brandish old 78s of classic jazz — Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday. Bottura spent a short time cooking in New York in the early 1990s, and he plays his records on a vintage hand-cranked Victrola that he bought for $150 on the streets of SoHo. “When you are obsessed, really obsessed …” he says, then trails off.
Bottura’s restaurant Osteria Francescana sits at the top of the 2016 ranking of “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.”