Sicilian chef Ciccio Sultano has hit back at a north/south jibe by Italian celebrity chef Carlo Cracco.
In a recent interview that the Milanese chef Carlo Cracco gave to Cucina Corriere he said that in the North change is normal. This is maybe due to the fact that in the south, a chef has a more solid tradition and a better selection of local produce.
But the Sicilian chef of Ristorante Duomo, one of two Michelin star restaurants in Sicily said he did not understand this comment despite the respect he had for Carlo. “I cannot understand why a chef should make a distinction between the north and south insisting that those with traditions and more produce are less creative than those without who are therefore more inventive.”
Are we sure of this he asked. In a post on Facebook, Ciccio said which is the modern cuisine that is lacking in the south. “I translate and betray traditions on a daily basis like many other colleagues that work south of the River Po. And most of all, after Ferran Adrià, nothing new has been recreated.”
Ciccio said that those who know how to tell stories and sell themselves end up winning. “But let’s not speak about great differences because I don’t see any. There are many great, genius chefs and those who are the best at selling themselves win irrespective of where they come from whether these are regions, nations or internationally.”