Coronavirus can’t keep one of the world’s greatest chefs out of the kitchen, even though Massimo Bottura was forced to shut down his ultra-famous, 2018 World’s No. 1 restaurant, the three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana in Modena, on March 10, due to the pandemic. With all of Italy on lockdown, what’s one supposed to do when you’re a chef in a country known for its food and can’t leave your house? (Residents are allowed to leave their homes only for groceries.) Make a TV show, of course!
Bottura launched Kitchen Quarantine, a nightly live cooking show on his Instagram page on March 14. He welcomes you into his home kitchen preparing a full dinner with whatever he can find in his fridge. This is a man who could cook your socks and make them delicious.
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His family are his sous chefs. His wife Lara, son Charlie and daughter Alexa (the inspiration for the show) all prep and taste his dishes. And eat, we presume, unless Bottura is taking food rationing to a Lord of the Flies level.
Kitchen Quarantine streams nightly at 8 p.m.in Italy; 3 p.m. (until March 29, when the clocks go forward in Europe and Italy will be six hours ahead again) in New York, 7 a.m. in Honolulu and in Sydney, it’s three days from yesterday.