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The acclaimed chocolate king and Gualtiero Marchesi’s disciple tells us about his lifelong dedication to a craft that combines passion and experimentation, in a perpetual quest for excellence.
Like Obelix, Asterix’s friend, I fell in a big cauldron of molten dark chocolate. But seriously, I was born with a sweet tooth. I always helped my mother in the kitchen, especially when she was preparing Christmas cookies. She used to make 60 different types of biscuits, and their perfume pervaded every corner of our home. I still use both my mother’s and my grandmother’s recipes.
My inspiration comes from everywhere: a landscape, a look, a song, a memory, a city...
I will never stop repeating it: it takes an incredible passion. I believe that passion is essential in every trade, not just this.
There are two: the Ice Cream World Championship, where I was captain of the Italian team, and the Italian Chocolate Championship.
When one is not familiar with the raw materials, certain combinations can appear to be audacious. I like special fusions, like black garlic and 70% bittersweet dark Mexico chocolate. Or white chocolate Tahitian vanilla pralines with Avola almond and sweet peppers Agar Agar. Or “cacio e pepe” (cheese and black pepper) chocolates. My inspiration comes from everywhere: a landscape, a look, a song, a memory, a city...
Something is cooking.... but it’s too early for me to talk about it.
In my research, I always look for innovations that are both beautiful and tasty. But I don’t stop at that. The real challenge is to explore new frontiers in taste: the ultimate goal is to transform pastry into an Art. Because it stimulates the senses and transmits something that is very meaningful and profound.
Certainly, if they have passion, intelligence and audaciousness.
In Italy there aren’t many professional schools dedicated to pastry, but a good way to start is to build practical experience in pastry workshops. And I would also suggest to spend some time working abroad.
I will never stop repeating it: it takes an incredible passion. I believe that passion is essential in every trade, not just this. It is fundamental, it gives you the drive that enables you to get to where others don’t. Passion makes you experiment and take risks.
Laura Inghirami, journalist and advisor specialized in the jewelry sector, and Founder of Donna Jewel, interviewed, for the Cologni Foundation, the Master artisans who have been awarded as “MAM – Master of Arts and Crafts”, in the category: Jewelry - Silversmithing – Goldsmithing.