Massimo Bottura is smiling and remembering a treasured polo shirt he wore as a kid. “It was sky blue and it had ‘Sea Wolf’ written on the front,” he laughs. “I wore matching blue Bermuda shorts and white Adidas trainers that I was crazy about. Oh, you’re really taking me back to those times now…!”
Bottura, the acclaimed chef whose restaurant Osteria Francescana in his hometown Modena, Italy has had three Michelin stars since 2011, is reminiscing about childhood holidays in Rimini on Italy’s Adriatic coast. These trips with his mother and sister in the late 1960s are filled with memories of beaches and gelato and acted as the starting point for Bottura’s new Dubai restaurant.