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Ristorante Il Rigoletto.

Restaurant in a village. Italy,Reggiolo

Giovanni D'Amato

Ristorante Il Rigoletto Reggiolo I-42046

My passion came from my family, from my grandparents’ trattoria. Even when I was tiny, I was determined to become a “grand chef" without any great idea of what that might mean.

My career started predictably in a hotel management school. But essentially I created myself, without the outside influence of other chefs. My cuisine is born of my own personal experience: it reflects my innermost feelings.

My career really started when I was 26, with my restaurant, “Ristorante Il Rigoletto” where I remain today. I continue to forge a path for myself there and now work with my son Federico who has joined me in the kitchens.

There are several events which have marked my career: the two Michelin stars and acceptance into the Relais & Châteaux family were particularly high points. And, more recently, the publication of my first book “Sinfonie del Rigoletto” was particularly satisfying.

In a profession which is very demanding and exhausting, it is your guests who give you the strength to carry on.

What was your most moving culinary experience?
The preparation of a picnic on a fine lawn, with tasty titbits and real friends!

The most amusing kitchen incident you ever witnessed?
Once someone in the kitchens dropped a bottle of essence of mustard. We all made a dash for it, tears in our eyes.

Your best piece of advice for amateur chefs?
Quietly cooking natural food for one’s family with respect for tradition.