Your passion dictates what you should be aiming to achieve. It inspires you to work hard and push your boundaries. Only by doing what you love can you feel the most accomplished. These 20 Massimo Bottura can inspire you to pursue the future you want.
Massimo Bottura was born on September 30, 1962. At a young age, he’d often watch his mother, aunt, and grandmother in the kitchen preparing family meals. This developed his keen interest in cooking. In his later life, he pursued his passion and became an apprentice to French chef Georges Coigny.
In 1995, he opened his own restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. His vision was to combine culinary tradition and innovation with modern art and design. In the years that followed Bottura continued experimenting new techniques to individualize his cuisine.
Osteria Francescana has been listed in the Top 5 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards since 2010. Two years later, the restaurant was revamped and reopened with a much clearer manifestation of his two greatest passions: modern art and avant-garde cuisine. Since 2016, Bottura’s restaurant ranks #1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.
That same year, he founded the non-profit organization Food for Soul. His organization aims to promote healthy and equitable food systems and establish a culture to empower communities. Here are 20 Massimo Bottura quotes to encourage you to do what you love the most.
Since I was a kid I was Massimo Bottura — I was escaping from my older brother under the table in the kitchen and from down there, where my grandmother was defending me, in the meantime, she was rolling pasta, I was looking at the world from another point of view. It’s what we do in Osteria Francescana every day. – Massimo Bottura
Success in life is about obsession. – Massimo Bottura
So in another way in your mind you feel tradition is oppressive… it’s so difficult to be creative with such a heavy heritage. – Massimo Bottura
We’re not choosing the art, the art is choosing us. The pieces are choosing the walls where they hang. – Massimo Bottura
Things have changed over the last ten years in gastronomy — chefs don’t close their kitchens to other chefs anymore. It’s about sharing. We travel all over the world and share techniques, experiences and ideas with one another. – Massimo Bottura
I am Massimo Bottura. I close my eyes and I want to understand where I am, cooking is about emotion, it’s about culture, it’s about love, it’s about memory. – Massimo Bottura
Where I come from, there are fast cars and slow food. It’s where Ferrari, Maserati, Ducati, Lamborghini are all built. But also it’s a place where they grow balsamic vinegar, Parmigiano Reggiano, ham and mortadella. It’s an incredible place, and I have a big responsibility to the region. – Massimo Bottura
Not everyone can be a truffle. Most of us are potatoes. And a potato is a very good thing to be. – Massimo Bottura
I tell young chefs to always have their feet on the ground… to travel with their eyes and ears open and absorb everything, but never forget who they are or where they come from. – Massimo Bottura
In Italy, there are certain customs you can’t touch: the pope, the soccer team and the traditions. The rest? You can do whatever you want. – Massimo Bottura
Contemporary Italian is not a cuisine of revolution, it’s a cuisine of evolution. – Massimo Bottura
You need a classic technique. You need to know everything, then forget everything. – Massimo Bottura
It’s not just about my restaurant — it’s about all the artisans. I take the spotlight, and I move it from me to them. – Massimo Bottura
In the last 10 years in upper gastronomy, everything has changed. We’re not behind closed doors anymore. – Massimo Bottura
In my life, I always leave room for the unexpected. – Massimo Bottura
We have learned that there is so much energy around the table because sharing a meal is something incredible. – Massimo Bottura
Don’t lose yourself to obligation. It’s important to dream. – Massimo Bottura
At Osteria Francescana, we always ask people: who are you? Then we ask them to show it through their work. I tell my cooks: tell me who you are in edible bites. – Massimo Bottura
Does it bother the French that the Italians have better truffles? – Massimo Bottura
I see in Italy a generation of young chefs who don’t have this dream of the future, so we have to feed them the future. – Massimo Bottura
Chasing your dreams never amounts to wasted time. Share these 20 Massimo Bottura quotes with friends and loved ones to remind them that.