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Cooking Spectacle: Celebrity Chefs in Portovenere

Cooking Spectacle: Celebrity Chefs in Portovenere

 

MasterChef Italia, which is the Italian version of the popular culinary talent show MasterChef, chose the Gulf of Poets – and particularly Portovenere – for an episode of its fifth season.

The opening scenes showed breathtaking views of Portovenere’s colorful harbor, St. Peter Church and the pristine nature surrounding the bay and Palmaria Island. A brief introduction explained how this territory has inspired poets and artists for centuries.

 

Next, the famous Italian professional chefs Bruno Barbieri, Carlo Cracco and Antonino Cannavacciuolo, accompanied by restaurateur extraordinaire Joe Bastianich (also a judge in MasterChef USA), briefed the contestants on their culinary challenge.

 

The amateur chefs had to cook creative dishes using typical local products – including themuscoli” mussels that are farmed in the waters of Portovenere. The participants also had the chance to meet with local fishermen and hunters, and to learn about their century-old traditions. Other local products included the batti batti (a species of slipper lobster), the gallinella (tub gurnard) and the rabbit.

The cooking show took place in the piazza at the bottom of the flight of steps that leads up to St. Peter’s Church, with an amazing background alternating nature, sea and ancient buildings.

 

Enjoy the photogallery! (Photo Credits: masterchef.sky.it)

 

Cooking Spectacle: Celebrity Chefs in Portovenere
The amateur chefs arrive with Joe Bastianich. In the background: the harbor and Grand Hotel Portovenere. (Photo Credits: masterchef.sky.it)
Cooking Spectacle: Celebrity Chefs in Portovenere
Cooking and culinary advice under Liguria’s sun. (Photo Credits: masterchef.sky.it)
Cooking Spectacle: Celebrity Chefs in Portovenere
Chef Cannavacciuolo and a contestant. In the background: Portovenere’s sea channel and Palmaria Island. (Photo Credits: masterchef.sky.it)
Cooking Spectacle: Celebrity Chefs in Portovenere
Food critic Enzo Vizzari tastes the culinary creations under the portico of St. Peter’s Church. (Photo Credits: masterchef.sky.it)
Cooking Spectacle: Celebrity Chefs in Portovenere
The contestants face the judges in front of St. Peter’s Church. (Photo Credits: masterchef.sky.it)

 

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