The first thing she ever cooked me was fillet Rossini en croute with foie gras and a jus, followed by a gooey-middled chocolate fondant. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. 5 Italian Cooking TV Shows to Binge-Watch Right Now. Maybe it's the observer paradox, or learned helplessness, but I seem to balls up everything that I cook for him. Of course, he always had a passion for it. [She laughs.] There's one word to describe my cooking and that is charcoal. While the format is similar each evening, the recipe is not. He has been one of our biggest supporters at our Paris location, where we are delivering around 5,000 meals daily to those in need. [Big sigh.] She proposed the idea to the chef about sharing their family meals and, as they say, the rest is history. When Russell's out I'll happily whip up a rainbow stirfry and fruit crumble for our girls. I’d visit over the holidays, but we’d never spend much time together. Massimo Bottura needs no introduction. In Napoli, making 750 meals weekly has helped us get underprivileged culinary students back into the kitchen. I interviewed her to find out more. Then Dad comes in. Everyone’s talking about “sterilizing” restaurants and using plastic everywhere. They’re only a little more structured now because we’ve gotten into the rhythm of things. If Covid-19 has given us anything, as my dad says, it’s been the gift of time. For her, this is just the beginning. Unsurprisingly, food has always played an important part in our relationship. Alexa Bottura (Daughter) Charlie Bottura (Son) Height, Weight, Body Measurements, Tattoos, Skin, Hair & Eye Color He relishes travelling around all the Michelin starred restaurants in Europe but, if I'm honest, I'm more at home with hot dog, chips and a glass of champagne at the Delaunay or a cheese and lettuce sandwich and a cold beer. What’s been the most important role of the Bottura brand during Covid-19? [Smiling, she says:] Quarantine and KQ has made me realize that it’s not so bad! NEW YEAR’S EVE. And boom! I'm a nightmare to dine out with, particularly if we get gifted extra courses from chefs. I always knew I wanted to come back to Italy and work with Italian brands. I go in, jump on his bed and he screams. Plaxy Locatelli, wife of chef and restaurateur Giorgio Locatelli. Oh, it was hard at the beginning! And in Milan, because it is a larger space, we’re still serving meals. She is always trying to get me to eat cheese, which I hate. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. He had no idea what it was! We’ve floated ideas like a book, TV project. It’s not a hospital. It was a difficult introduction, but the thing about Italy is, if you're going to understand the culture, you understand it through the food more than anything else, and you can't say no at the dinner table. They literally take the head of the pig and boil it. Dean Martin, fiancé of chef, television presenter and food writer Gizzi Erskine. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Then when he comes in he'll discover the lovely piece in the fridge and won't be able to resist cooking it for everyone himself. We started in English, but viewers kept asking for Italian too, so we began switching. If I know he's going to be home, then I go to the butcher or fishmonger and buy a really nice sea bass or piece of beef. Then mum comes in, warning us that the neighbors will hear us! Bottura is nothing if not a thinker and he dove into his intellectual approach to both cooking and considering the needs of his children from a distinctly Italian perspective (his daughter butted … Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? But at a certain level, you can take things for granted. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Up to 15,000 people join live, while hundreds of thousands view the episodes afterwards. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Charlie was born with a rare genetic disorder … My parents love how I say, ‘Hey everyone, and welcome to Kitchen Quarantine!’ In the morning, my dad makes fun of me and wakes me up with it! There are some things I eat now which I never, ever would have imagined eating. Dad was making spaghetti with tomato sauce, so I turned the camera onto him and they all began interacting. We didn’t know what would come of it. Meeting Gizzi changed my eating habits for the better. He cannot hear the word without reaching for the cyanide. When our main courses arrived he leant across and dipped his finger into my dinner to try the sauce. Time to look back; to rediscover your passions; to think about what you love and who you love – and appreciate them, because they’re so often taken for granted. It was an incredible experience and she has since introduced me to every imaginable cuisine. We didn’t even have a name. The award-winning Modena chef is respected globally for his culinary prowess – especially among his peers. Could she be the future of the Bottura empire? Non-stop comments like: ‘Where did you get that knife?’ and ‘So cool!’. Russell wooed me with lovingly made dishes such as pea and mint risotto and I, then, was too intimidated to cook for him for two years. Bottura’s daughter Alexa, 23, films with commentary in both English and Italian. How is he doing?’ Because, working in hospitality, the announcement was obviously big news. And then, given their reputation for criticism, the response from our Italian audience has been the most positive thing I have taken from KQ.