27 May '13, 4am
#Italy chefs roast junior minister who snub national cuisine #food
ROME - Top Italian chefs are clamoring for the resignation of a junior minister who dismissed the country's cuisine as a poor copy of trendy French cooking, poking a sore spot in a long-held kitchen rivalry between the two nations. "I have a negative judgment of the skill of Italian chefs," Italian Culture Undersecretary Ilaria Borletti Buitoni told weekly magazine Panorama. "In Italy, we haven't been able to eat well for a long time, unfortunately. We are trying to do what's trendy, what's French, moving away from our concept of cuisine." Restaurateurs were outraged at the betrayal by a person whose job is to promote Italian culture, including the culinary kind whose regional diversity has given the world famed pasta dishes, risotti, pizza, fine wines and gelato. "I read this statement in disbelief," Raffaele Alajmo, owner of the three Michelin star restaurant Le Calandre...