Three-star chef Massimo Bottura from Modena can be seen as the trendsetter of the Italian kitchen; however, ‘trend’ perhaps isn’t the right word here.

Against his father’s will, Bottura opened a restaurant inspired by the classic kitchen of his home region, Emilia Romagna. Thanks to his meeting Alain Ducasse and Ferran Adriá as well as his American wife, Lara Gilmore, he has developed his very own style of cooking. Ducasse taught him the importance of knowing your products, Adriá to think freely and Lara introduced him to contemporary art. Massimo has managed to combine these influences with his own take on the traditional food of his childhood. But it’s his desserts that most clearly reveal his true culinary origins; a sense of humor and a penchant for mixing sweet and savory makes for a perfect dessert. Everything can be an inspiration to Massimo: from music to fairy tales such as 'The frog who wanted to be as big as an ox'. The inspiration for his famous lemon pie came from paintings. 

The full article can be found in the Food Inspiration Magazine.