Get to know Massimo Bruno – Gastronomical Curator at Salone Di Cultura’s Citta’ Aperta
What drives the passion you possess for your work?
I’m very passionate about Italian cuisine because it’s so diverse from north to south – there’s so much to learn about the history, the meaning and the stories behind the food. Curiosity is what drives me, I’m always looking for something new, and the beautiful thing about Italian cuisine is that it’s so complex there’s always more to learn.
How will you apply this passion to Salone di Cultura – Citta’ Aperta?
I’m going with the Roman theme like the title of the evening suggests. I’ll make the kind of simple Italian comfort food Rome food is known for, nothing complicated. Rome is the birth place of the Osteria, that’s the style I’ll be making.
Why is it important to preserve culture, especially in a city as diverse as Toronto?
I believe preserving culture is always important, no matter where you’re from. In cooking, if you want to make a new Italian dish, you have to understand what Italian food is in the first place. It’s the same with culture – if you want to grow and move forward you have to understand your roots. In Italia we have this expression, we call something a “frittata” to say it’s a big mess. That’s what happens when you try to create something new without understand what came before you!
Who is an artist, creator or innovator that inspires you?
There are many of them, for different reasons, people who have inspired me for what they do or what they’ve created. Carlo Petrini, the founder of Slow Food, a well known international association that promotes not just food but also sustainability and biodiversity. Thanks to Slow Food people in Italy and around the world are rediscovering plant varieties, farming techniques, traditions, and the history behind foods. I also admire Oscar Farinetti, the founder of Eataly, for connecting his business goals and his passion to create something unique and beneficial for Italian artisans. It was a very smart idea. For art, I would say Federico Fellini, he transformed his dreams into movies. I actually love this concept even more than his movies!
How do you hope to inspire others at the event?
I think we inspire people by doing what we love and what we’re passionate about it, for me that means to cooking and having fun.
The chef will be present at the event on Tuesday, June 23 at the Bata Shoe Museum
Fore more on Massimo’s work, visit his website.