Expo Milano 2015 has officially opened its doors, today 1st May. Over 20 million visitors are expected to visit the expo over the next six months.
“Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” is the core theme of Expo Milano 2015. This common thread runs through all the events organized both within and outside the official Exhibition Site.
Among the most awaited events at Expo Milano is the Identità Expo which promotes fine dining under the brand of Identità Golose. For the next six months, great Italian and international chefs will be going to Milan to cook in a unique temporary restaurant.
Identità Golose will also be organising lessons, cooking shows, meetings and demonstrations. The first chef at the temporary restaurant is Italy’s most famous chef Massimo Bottura, one of the Expo’s ambassadors. Bottura is the most well-known and recognisable Italian chef and is also working on a project to feed Milan’s poor with food waste generated from the Expo.
The Italian chef has taken food waste to heart and is doing his outmost to raise awareness on this important issue. He is of the view that waste in the kitchen is no longer tolerated. During his three days at Identità Expo he is serving tortellini using skins and all that was left from the main dishes. As a dessert, he is serving ‘bread is gold’ cooking milk, sugar and breadcrumbs, the latter often being thrown away.
The line up of chefs visiting the Identità Expo from now until the beginning of August include Emanuele Scarello of Agli Amici in Udine, Pino Cuttaia of La Madia in Licata, Diego Munoz of Astrid y Gaston in Lima Peru, Davide Scabin of Combal.Zero in Rivoli, Annie Feolde, Italo Bassi and Riccardo Monco of Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence and Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia in Chicago among others.
Expo Milano 2015 will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, and seek solutions to, the contradictions of our world. On the one hand, there are people who are still hungry (approximately 870 million people were undernourished in the period 2010-2012) and, on the other, there are those who die from ailments linked to poor nutrition or too much food (approximately 2.8 million deaths from diseases related to obesity or to being overweight in the same period). In addition, about 1.3 billion tons of foods are wasted every year.