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Nadia Santini

Nadia Santini

Italian chef
Nadia Santini
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Intro Italian chef
Is Chef
From Italy
Type Food and Drinks
Gender female
Birth 1953, San Pietro Mussolino, Italy
Age 68 years
Awards
Michelin star 1982
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Nadia Santini is an Italian chef, best known for her restaurant Dal Pescatore, in Canneto sull'Oglio, Lombardy which has held three Michelin stars since 1996.

Biography

Santini was taught to cook at a young age by her future husband's great grandmother, Teresa. She has a cooking philosophy around the idea of a small restaurant, saying "'I think it is impossible for a woman to run a kitchen that serves 100 people. I can't give my heart to a dish if I am cooking for more than 30."

Her restaurant Dal Pescatore is located in the hamlet of Canneto sull'Oglio in Lombardy, Italy. The restaurant is an extended trattoria, and was originally opened by Santini's husband's great grandparents in the 1910s. Nadia took over the running of the restaurant alongside her husband in 1974. In 1996, the restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars, with Santini becoming the first female chef in Italy to earn that level of accolade.

In 2010, German filmmaker Lutz Hachmeister created a television documentary called Three Stars, which Santini starred in amongst other chefs from Michelin starred restaurants. Her appearance in the documentary stood out, being described by critics as a "radiant personality and gentle, Old World approach to the nurturing of recipes, colleagues, and clientele provide the counterpoint to frenetic, confrontational kitchens run by scientist-chefs".

Santini has been highly regarded by other chefs, including French chef Anne-Sophie Pic who described her as "extraordinary" and an inspiration, and British chef Angela Hartnett has described Santini as one of her "heroes".

2013 saw Nadia being christened 2013 Veuve Clicquot World's Best Female chef from The World's 50 Best Restaurants by Restaurant magazine.

Personal life

Santini is married to her husband Antonio, who also works in Santini's restaurant but in reception rather than the kitchen. They met whilst at the University of Milan.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 02 May 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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