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Michelin-starred Chef Valentino Marcattilii at Bacchus Brisbane Sells Out Five Degustations – Saturday Degustation Announced!!!

September 4, 2018 Dining No Comments Email Email

Internationally acclaimed 2-Michelin-starred Chef Valentino Marcattilii is most definitely flavour of the month, with the five special degustation dining experiences at Bacchus SOLD OUT! a result, and in yet another culinary coup for Brisbane, the superstar chef has agreed to do one more! Announced today is the Saturday Degustation on September 22.

The Valentino Marcattilii Series @ Bacchus will be a dining experience unlike any other. From the famed Ristorante San Domenico in Imola, northern Italy, Chef Marcattilii has cooked for Pavarotti, Liza Minelli, Naomi Campbell & Jean Todt amongst others, and now, he will cook for Brisbane! His residency is the realisation of a career-long dream for Bacchus Head Chef Massimo Speroni – to cook alongside his mentor once again. And it represents the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Australian diners to experience the master Italian flavour-maker at work.

Bacchus Restaurant Manager Kevin Puglisevich said they entire team had been overwhelmed with the response from food lovers across Australia. “We knew that hosting Chef Marcattilii here with his protégé, our very own Massimo Speroni, would be a very special experience, however to sell out five degustations has been extraordinary. So, we are genuinely thrilled that he has agreed to host one more, on the Saturday evening”. “We had planned the series, so he would finish on the Friday and enjoy some downtime in beautiful Brisbane and South East Queensland, however, his first love is sharing his food, and he would not hear of passing on another chance to showcase this amazing experience!”

Saturday’s Degustation begins at 6pm, with bookings open from 9am TODAY.

Chef Marcattilii will host SIX (!) special degustation dining experiences featuring his most beloved dishes at Bacchus, commencing Tuesday September 18 through to Saturday September 22, inclusive.

WHO IS CHEF VALENTINO MARCATTILII: A legend in the food world, a true food icon in a world often mad with insta-worthy moments and fleeting flavours, Chef Valentino Marcattilii’s life is one dedicated to food and family. Born in Mosciamo Sant’Angelo in 1954, he moved to Imola in 1960.  At 16, he started work at Ristorante San Domenico, as the assistant to one of the great Italian chefs, Nino Bergese. He stood beside Bergese in the kitchen until his death seven years later when he undertook a series of apprenticeships in some of the most renowned restaurants in France – Auberge de l’Ile, Troisgros, Madame Point & Vergé. When he returned he assumed the direction and co-ownership of the Ristorante San Domenico kitchens. Ristorante San Domenico opened in Imola on March 7, 1970. In 1973 it gained its first mention in the Michelin guide, in 1975 it earnt its first Michelin Star and in 1977, (41 years ago), its second. The standards have never wavered.

Chef Marcattilii was the first in Italy to introduce the idea of “home cooking” in restaurants. He also began to collaborate, consulting internationally with Monterey Plaza (California), Ristorante Donatello in San Francisco, Restaurant La Main à La Pâte in Paris, the restaurant of the Palm Bay Hotel in Miami and the Conrad Hilton in Hong Kong. In June 1988 the Ristorante San Domenico opened in New York at 240 Central Park South, with Valentino Executive Chef. In July Brian Miller, critic of the New York Times, gave the restaurant Michelin stars: an award that he had never before given to an Italian restaurant.  The same year Esquire Magazine defined Ristorante San Domenico “the best of the Year” in the USA.

A standout dish at Ristorante San Domenico (and touted as one of the dishes to “try before you die”) is the Uovo-in-Raviolo – a singular ravioli with an egg inside. While it sounds simple, the dish is highly complex. And yes, it’s life-changing.  Today, the kitchen is run by Valentino’s grandson, Chef Massimiliano Mascia, however, his grandfather is still found in the kitchen, unless of course, he is travelling the world sharing his love of food; and his next stop – Brisbane, Australia!

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