Last March I photographed some Italian chefs from Milan involved in the Lilt (the Italian society for the fight against cancer) initiative intent on making restaurants insert the “Piatti della salute” (Health dishes) in their menu. More than 20 chef accepted to join it, and I had the great pleasure to meet Sergio Mei, Fabio Baldassarre, Andrea Provenzani, Alice Delcourt, Gaetano Simonato, Giovanni Traversone and Marco Tronconi. Each chef chose freely the ingredient to use, and many of them decided to aim at fresh vegetables and legumes, together with good quality of Italian pasta and an excellent extravirgin olive oil. I found everyone kind and willing. I loved to move on kitchen watching them cooking in the most precise and artistic way. And I loved many of the dishes I had the opportunity to eat: pretty delicious! Nothing better than to taste something thinking how your body, not only your mood, benefits from it.
Sergio Mei from the Four Seasons Hotel
Andrea Provenzani from “Il liberty” restaurant
Fabio Baldassarre from “Unico” Restaurant
“Erba Brusca” Restaurant
Alice Delcourt from the “Erba Brusca” Restaurant
Marco Tronconi from “Trattoria del nuovo Macello” Restaurant
Gaetano Simonato from “Tano Passami l’olio” Restaurant
I spent one year walking around Monumental Cemetery in Milan before I finally decided to go and visit it. And I have to recognise that it is really the treasure I have read about many times in my University books and in those websites full of pictures of cities and tourist advices. Anyway, Monumental Cemetery is not an attraction, both because of its nature and because of the feeling it can be able to inspire. I felt calm and at the same time melancholy looking at the graves and the statues. But what a strength in each face, in each pose, in what comes out the marble to remember and make the past remembered. Life seems to blow up from the sorrow.
He prefers to be called GEP, but his full name is Giuseppe Caserta. I really enjoyed meeting him and joining his class for two hours weeks ago. I learned many things about his art and I was captured by the speed of his hands witch moved on the paper armed of ink and pens. He likes to define himself a “writer”, his art is a melting-pot of calligraphy, spray-art, painting. He writes using gothic, humanistic types as an old copyst with attention to details and with a eye both to the history and tradition and to the modern art. Just think he uses tools made by hand in the same way like centuries ago. And now, look how he teaches to his students! In that classroom I felt like I was in a studio of a Renaissance artist.