As we start the New Year and resume our weekly round-ups of the things we enjoyed reading after a two-week break you may want to start with this long read about an Italian chef who took on the Calabrian Mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta. It is the story of Filippo Cogliandro of restaurant L’Academia in Reggio Calabria and how he fought the battle against the Italian mafia. He will be cooking at a series of public culinary demonstrations in Europe, the United States and beyond to denounce the ‘Ndrangheta while at the same time raising awareness of the true spirit of Calabria.
The head chef of Noma, Daniel Giusti announced he will be leaving the famous Copenhagen based restaurant. He said he was moving to the United States to launch Brigaid, a company that will attempt to change the way schools feed their students. In this interview on Lucky Peach the chef of Italian origin says that while he appreciated working at Noma, at some point when you climb the ladder you understand what it’s all about. “I will never be the most creative chef out there. But I have a certain skill set and have the confidence to know where I want to take my career.” Read it.
Then read about the chef who is taking over from Giusti. His name is Ben Ing and he is from Ottawa.
In November, a Global sushi challenge was organised to find the world’s best sushi chef. In this 14-country competition, the chef had to combine precision, creativity and speed as well as high-end hospitality skills and a very thick skin. Read all about it here.
If you are looking for a simple recipe to make after the excesses of Christmas then you may want to take a look at this Cacio e Pepe recipe.
Champagne sales have hit a record high in 2015. This has been attributed to solid demand from export markets, favourable currencies and stabilising sales in France, the drink’s home market. Industry estimates gathered by Reuters showed that about 313 million bottles of Champagne will have been dispatched in 2015, a rise of between 2 to 3 per cent from 2014.
Only very few wines can be aged for a long number of years. Read this article on why most wines are not worth raging beyond a few years.
Here is some inspiration for your next dinner party. A list of 10 Prosecco cocktails that you can serve.
And if you are thinking about going slow on alcohol in the New Year, here is a list of the best herbal teas for January.
Have you ever noticed that you eat more food when you drunk a lot of alcohol? A medical study has found out that alcohol makes your brain more sensitive to food aromas and result in greater food consumption. The study notes that many alcoholic beverages include empty calories and when you combine them with the aperitif effect, it can lead to energy imbalance and possible weight gain.