CENTItalia Italian Master Class Series

CENTItalia: Gusto Cultura!

Chefs in Residence & Full Program

Filippo Saporito

Chef Franco Pepe

Franco Pepe is a modern artisan with an old passion for pizza. His skills are based on the experience of three generations of master bakers, developed over the years and enriched by the passion and dedication to the preparation of the dough which has made Franco known worldwide, and has also made Caiazzo (Ce) (the small town where he works) an international reference point for lovers of the most famous “Italiana” in the world. Always active in the search for excellent and representative products from Alto Casertano (the northern part of the region) – such as the oil made with the olives from Caiazzo, cured meats from black pigs bred in this area, the chickpeas from the hills surrounding Caiazzo, onions from Alife and conciato romano (a kind of seasoned cheese), Franco Pepe makes his pizzas with the flavours of the region, promoting the spread of noteworthy products and producers. The skill and completeness of the pizza maker have been recognized by key figures in Italian cuisine, with the approval of the major opinion leaders, journalists and food industry experts. Even abroad, Franco Pepe is known as a guarantee for his singular focus on the highest quality traditional food. The award-winning Pepe has been inching onto the international celebrity-chef circuit and in a few years has obtained the highest ranking in famous magazines and guides of Italian restaurants, from Gambero Rosso to Identità Golose; he has also been cited in the Wall Street Journal, earning numerous mentions and publications dedicated to his extraordinary pizza. It is worth mentioning also the newly “Pepe in Grani”, a multifunctional establishment in Caiazzo, the town where he was born and his love for dough has grown up with time, and where the artisan dedicates himself to pizza making, research and reception.

Filippo Saporito

Chef Cristina Bowerman

Cristina Bowerman, one of the few Italian female chefs awarded a Michelin star, was born in Cerignola, in the province of Foggia, Italy. After graduating from Law School in 1992, she left Puglia to go to San Francisco. While in California, she alternated forensic studies and graphic design and worked at Higher Grounds, a coffee house in San Francisco. In 1998, she moved to Austin, where she earned a degree in Culinary Arts. Chef Bowerman decided to move back to Italy in 2004, to the Convivio Troiani in Rome, where she started her activity in Glass Hostaria, a restaurant that had been opened one year earlier, in the heart of Trastevere, the most famous and touristic area of Rome. In 2008 she received ‘two forks’ in The Gambero Rosso Guide and in 2010 she was awarded a Michelin star – the only female chef to receive one that year. Between 2012 and 2015 Chef Cristina opened Romeo Chef & Baker and Romeo restaurant at Testaccio Market in Rome, as well as Frigo, an ice cream shop. In 2013 she was awarded the prize “Woman Chef of the Year” – Identità Golose 2013. Cristina told her exciting story in a book published in 2014 by Mondadori: “From Cerignola to San Francisco and back – My countercurrent life as a chef”. In 2015, Cristina Bowerman is the only woman selected as Chef Ambassador at Expo Milano 2015. November 2015 the Chef received the Prize ‘Aila Progetto Donna’ from Associazione Aila Italian Foundation for the Fight against Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis. In March 2016, she was awarded the prize “Identità nuove sfide” at Identità Golose 2016. In June 2016, Cristina Bowerman became the President of the Association of Italian Ambassadors of Taste. In December 2016, Cristina Bowerman participated in the opening of Assaggio Bistrot by Autogrill (Terminal 3 – Fiumicino Airport area). In April 2017 begins the supervision of the food area of MAXXI – Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI secolo in Rome. In May 2017 Cristina Bowerman was awarded the “Non omnia possumus omnes”, 9th edition National Literary Prize Nicola Zingarelli. Among her most beloved commitments: ACTION AID, Fiorano For Kids, Food Act.

Filippo Saporito

Chef Ugo Mura

Chef Ugo Mura graduated from IPSSAR State in Pinerolo, Italy in 1987.

Ugo’s experiences include prestigious Italian hotels and restaurants from Piedmont to Sardinia. Always passionate about wine and olive oil, Ugo also worked at a deli called PAISSA in Turin, and became its director within five years. His teaching career began in 2001, after numerous missions abroad as a teacher and a business consultant for big firms operating in the Italian Enogastronomic sector. In addition to teaching, Ugo works as a wine expert in Italy and abroad, and is able to enchant his students with his deep knowledge of the Enogastronomic field.

CENTItalia: Gusto Cultura! FULL PROGRAM

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

5:30 PM - 8:30 PM‘A Pizza Night and Pizza Cultura Book LaunchLiberty Grand, Artifacts Room, 25 British Columbia Rd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Pizza Master Classes
with chef Franco Pepe
Viva Napoli Pizzeria, 679 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S 2N2
6:30 PMThe Power of WomenTerroni Restaurant, 57 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

Thursday, November 16, 2017

6:30 PMGusto Cultura DinnerNella Cucina, 876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G3

Friday, November 17, 2017

12:30 PMGusto Cultura Tasting - LunchNella Cucina, 876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G3
6:30 PMPentola d'OroChateau Le Park, 1745 Langstaff Rd, Concord, ON L4K 2H2