Giorgio Locatelli is the talented Italian-born chef who earned a Michelin star in 1999 for his first London restaurant Zafferano, and another in 2003 for the Locunda Locatelli in Mayfair. On the evening in question, Chef Locatelli oversaw Claudio Silvestrin, Italian architect and designer, and Gianluca Vialli, former Chelsea player and manager who now lives in London, staging a culinary demonstration in a specially designed kitchen. It was a little like watching a live version of Saturday Kitchen, listening to their conversations, quite likely scripted, in which they spoke of the kitchen being the heart of the family home, and the soul of Italian gastronomic heritage. Mr Vialli set to work on the scallop risotto, later doused in Prosecco by Chef Locatelli, whilst Mr Silvestrin made the monkfish and rocket starter. We didn't get to taste their efforts directly but the CEO did, and seemed surprised it was so palatable. On prompting from the glamourous MC, Mr Vialli compared English football to a meat pie - full of passion and energy, and the Italian players to a tiramisu - all about the lifestyle.
|Claudio Silvestrin, Chef Locatelli and Gianluca Vialli|
Chef Locatelli's dishes were then served to us in designer bowls, as we stood taking in the views and admiring the sleek, innovative kitchen, while we sipped Prosecco and savoured the simple yet delectable flavours. Dessert was an incredible cannoli served with a summer fruit coulis - utterly delicious. As if that wasn't enough, there were truffles and yet more Prosecco. Buonissimo...
|Monkfish and Rocket with Basil dressing|
|Scallop and Prosecco Risotto|
|Cannoli with Summer Fruit Coulis|
Meeting Senor Vialli at the end of the evening for a quick photo, was certainly a highlight, as was the sublime menu cooked by Chef Locatelli. Thank you to Ali from Fabric Magazine for the invitation, and the photography.
|Gianluca Vialli and yours truly|