Massimo Bottura and his restaurant in Modena Osteria Francescana need no introduction. Holding three Michelin stars and positioned third on the San Pellegrino 50 World’s Best Restaurants list, Massimo Bottura might just be one of today’s most influential chefs. He likes to describe his work as “seeing tradition from 10 kilometers away” and there’s no doubt that he succeeds in being creative and playful without compromising his culinary heritage. If contemporary art is Massimo Bottura’s lifelong muse, excellent regional products are his driving force. Despite some avant-garde cooking techniques and presentation, the beautiful quality of the ingredients shines from start to finish. I think it’s very rare for a chef to so brilliantly tell his story and at the same time cook extremely enjoyable food. Massimo Bottura does exactly that.