As a Foodie I'm very proud and happy to lead and develop the World Gourmet Society further
United Kingdom, Europe
I first discovered my passion for good food through travelling. I love discovering new food from countries around the world – although, coming from Germany, my national cuisine does still hold a place in my heart! I love to eat venison with fresh mushrooms in Bavaria or slow cooked “Kassler” – a delicatessen from middle Germany.
My passion for good food and dining began when I was in Zurich for the first time and I was impressed by the level of service the restaurants offered. I will never forget how the owner of a good restaurant we stepped into in Switzerland suggested that as we weren’t locals we should cross the street to go to another restaurant because they just had freshly delivered fish, try that first and then come to his restaurant tomorrow, which, of course, we did! By the time we stepped into the other restaurant he had already called the owner of the other restaurant who welcomed us by describing the fish on offer and offering us his best table. I had never experienced such a customer centred approach and I had one of the best dining experiences of my life.
So, what does Gourmet mean to me?
In my opinion, it comes to down the atmosphere, the service, the food and the people.
I love places that have a really unique atmosphere. For example, a while ago I discovered a very small side street in Beijing that had a number of very old Japanese restaurants. It was the type of street I would never have walked down myself if my Chinese colleague hadn’t taken me there. Yet, the restaurant we went to offered traditional Japanese cooking as it was served 100 years ago in simple surroundings with incredible honesty. I was probably one of the first Westerners to enter the restaurant in a long time!
When it comes to service I have to admit that I can be quite specific! My wife always laughs at me when I want to have a chat with the owner or the chef. Like everyone else, I love to be treated as if I’m a special guest: have the owner recognise me, be placed at one of the best tables, and be offered a bottle of wine not on the menu. Not too long ago I watched a BBC program on the Claridges Hotel in London where the manager said “good service is about creating one absolutely unique moment that the guest will always remember and that is what makes them come back”. I think that hits the nail on the head of what good service is about.
Whilst I love experiential cuisine, I’m a big fan of simple and honest food.
And, finally, it is the people. It sounds obvious, but even with the best food, outstanding service and the most unique place, I don’t think it could be a truly gourmet evening if the company were not right. A friend of mine once said “food is about sharing” and I think this is it! Good food needs to be enjoyed with friends and family!
Matthias Tesi Baur
Many of us have suddenly found we’re spending much more time at home, so let’s make the most of it by cooking and sharing all the delicious food we’re making. Come and join the challenge now!
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ITALIANO:..... [English follows below]
Queste settimane sono state un pugno allo stomaco per il nostro paese, l’Italia. Durante questi periodi, con l’Italia unita, ma in sofferenza, ci ricordiamo di sentimenti come fratellanza, amore verso l’altro, e gioia nel fare le piccole cose, a cui spesso non diamo importanza.
Io sono il Prof Armando Cristofori, Presidente di Italian Dining Summit, associazione nata per unire la cultura culinaria italiana nel mondo e sotto un unico tetto.
Voglio incitarvi a mostrare al mondo, che noi Italiani non ci arrendiamo mai, quindi, vi invito calorosamente a preparare un piatto tradizionale della vostra zona e condividerlo qui con noi. Per le vostre ricette, potete prendere ispirazione dalla molteplicità di prodotti regionali e locali, catalogati sul sito del Ministero delle Politiche Agricole Alimentari e Forestali, oppure consultare il catalogo semplificato, sul sito di Top Food Italy.
Mostrate il tuo piatto e vedrete che andrà tutto bene!
These last few weeks have given Italy a punch in the stomach. During these weeks, when we see Italy united, but suffering, we remember feelings like brotherhood, love for others, and joy in doing small things, which we often do not give importance to.
I am Prof Armando Cristofori, President of Italian Dining Summit, an association created to unite Italian culinary culture around the world and do so, under one roof.
I want to encourage you to to join us and show the world that we Italians never give up. I warmly invite you to prepare a traditional Italian dish from where you live in Italy or from an area you visited during your holidays and share it here with us. You can take inspiration from the multiplicity of regional and local products, cataloged on the website of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, or consult a simplified catalog, on the Top Food Italy website.
Share your plate with us and you will see that the Dolce Vita will, very soon be back in full swing.
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Vegan cuisine is a hot trend in dining right now. There are thousands of vegan recipes out there from every corner of the globe to delight our tastebuds with new foods and flavours. Inspire us with your favourite plant-based creations.
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Italy is synonymous with good food. The home of Mediterranean cuisine, it's known for all kinds of delicious tastes and dishes. Are you an accomplished Italian cook? Show us what you can do.
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A melting pot of different cultures and cuisines, the UK’s capital is a dream for foodies. From sushi in Soho to fine-dining in Fitzrovia, your taste buds can travel all around the globe without ever leaving the city. Share your top three gourmet experiences in London!
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