Theme: Ciao Italia
Motto: Treasures of the Sicilian coast
An exceptionally talented British and Italian chef, a great host and dinner companion. A unique desire to bring exquisite (and generally upmarket ingredients) to your home.
Interesting fact about me!
With a Swiss German Mum, I spent most of childhood summers hiking in Switzerland where I developed a real love for Bratwurst, which is my favourite non-Italian traditional food.
I have become a small celebrity in my very small Tuscany town in Italy, for being the first guy going living abroad, in London, 15 years ago.
Q&A with Marco
Q: What is your favourite Italian dish you like to eat?
A: Tortellini (small Egg filled pasta, filled with Parma Ham and Parmesan cheese) I simply love Tortellini. Whether with Chicken Broth or on a Bolognese Sauce.
Q: Is there something in the UK reminds you of Italy?
A: When I arrived, London and Florence (The town I am from) were, essentially, two worlds apart. They remain two worlds apart (London so bustling and alive - Florence a paradise of slow food and life) yet both countries share similar values when it comes to the importance of friends / family and personal ambition.
Q: Why do you think Italians are very proud of their food?
A: The Italians are deeply proud of their relationship with their cuisine. They would not take it lightly if anyone or anything comes between them. Large extended family groups come together to eat as often as possible. The family set up is also very traditional - 'nonna' or mamma will be doing all the cooking - and celebration meals will last several hours. Just as the Italians have successfully preserved so much of the beauty of their Renaissance art and architecture, they've also kept hold of food tradition.
Q: What made you start cooking?
A: There were two steps in this process. A first one as a kid, that was about cooking. the second one, the decision to impress others. The first one was watching on TV Gualtiero Marchesi, as a young kid that was already practising with mummy pans and pots, Gualtiero was Italy most renowned chef. A poet in the kitchen and an artist on the plate, the number two chef in the world able, with his ability to re-adapt Italian traditional cuisine, into the perfect food made of memories and ingredients.