/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - George Brown College Hosts Celebrated Chef Massimo Bottura/

TORONTO, Feb. 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The George Brown College Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is pleased to welcome world-renowned three-Michelin-star chef and restaurateur Massimo Bottura to Culinary Cities of the World, an exclusive series of events from March 4-6, 2015. This year's theme features the food and wine of the cities in the Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy.

This is an opportunity to learn about Italy's evolving culinary scene, taste the rich flavours of Emilia Romagna and interact and learn from Chef Bottura's process. It is also a chance to mix and mingle with some of Toronto's most dynamic chefs and personalities in the food & beverage industry.

Media are invited to attend the following exclusive events:


Live Cooking Demonstration


Chef Massimo Bottura will lead a live interactive cooking demonstration. The demonstration will be followed by a tasting of Bottura's creations.


Room 112, 300 Adelaide St. E., Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

1:00-2:00 p.m.

In Conversation with Massimo Bottura  


Gain an insider's perspective on the Italian/global culinary scene and what it takes to succeed in this competitive landscape from Chef Bottura.  Led by the Toronto Sun's Lifestyle and Food reporter, Rita Demontis, this engaging Q&A will feature Chef Bottura's reflections on his professional journey, his inspirations (including working with Alain Ducasse and Ferran Adrià), and his creative approach to cooking. The conversation will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception and a signing of Chef Bottura's book, Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef.


Theatre 406, 290 Adelaide St. E. George Brown College


Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Q & A, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Wine-and-Cheese reception and Booking Signing , 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Student Culinary Contest


Eight George Brown College Culinary Art Italian Post-Graduate students will participate in a lively contest where they will create Italian-inspired recipes. The winner will receive a three-month stage at Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which includes the cost of airfare and accommodations.


Food Research and Innovation Studio, Grand Atrium, 300 Adelaide

St. E., Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts


Thursday, March 5, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Italian Culinary Market


A walk-around food market featuring a superb selection of palate-pleasing fare and Italian-inspired hors d'oeuvres of the cities of Emilia Romagna prepared by local celebrity chefs including Rob Gentile of Buca, Claudio Aprile of Origin Restaurant & Bar, Jason Bangerter of Langdon Hall, and Fabio Bondi of Local Kitchen. Indulge in robust Italian wines and meet the movers and shakers of Toronto's hospitality and culinary scene, including guest of honour, Chef Massimo Bottura.


Grand Atrium, 300 Adelaide St. E., Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts


Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Note: A limited number of tickets for the Italian Culinary Market are now available to the public at a cost of $95 each. To purchase tickets, visit https://secure.effreg.com/register/gbcicm15


Under the Stars Gala Dinner and Fundraiser  


This fundraiser is co-hosted by George Brown College, Buca Restaurant, and the Consul General of Italy. Proceeds from the gala dinner will benefit the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (CHCA) Scholarship Fund. Dinner will be prepared by Buca, Chef Bottura, and his team. This is an invitation-only event.


Buca Yorkville, 53 Scollard St.


Friday, March 6, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

About Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura is the chef and owner of the three-Michelin-star Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Osteria Francescana received third place for the second consecutive year on the San Pellegrino's prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants guide.

About George Brown College
Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. The college offers programs from its three campuses located across the downtown core, including its newest location at the Toronto waterfront, which opened in September 2012. George Brown offers 142 full-time programs and 193 continuing education certificates/designations across a wide variety of professions to a student body of over 25,800 (full-time enrolment) students, including over 3,500 international students; and over 62,800 continuing education registrants. Students can earn certificates, diplomas, postgraduate certificates, apprenticeships and degrees.

Massimo Bottura will only be available for scheduled interviews.

SOURCE George Brown College

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact: Joyann Callender, Media Relations Manager, George Brown College, Office: 416-415-5000 ext. 3159, Mobile: 647-988-0306, jcallender3@georgebrown.ca


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