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Chef Massimo Bottura Is Debuting a Luxury Scotch for Charity

The famous chef collaborated with The Dalmore on an exclusive bottling.
IMAGE COURTESY OF THE DALMORE
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  • Massimo Bottura is the chef/owner of Osteria Francescana, a three Michelin starred restaurant in Modena, Italy.
  • Bottura created a special bottling of scotch whisky with The Dalmore which will be auctioned at Sotheby's this spring.
  • All proceeds from the auction will benefit Bottura's non-profit Food for Soul.

    When you think of Italian chefs, "scotch" may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but when that chef is Massimo Bottura, head of the best restaurant in the world, it's always best to expect the unexpected.

    Bottura, who is the chef and owner of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy (it nabbed the #1 slot on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2016 and 2018) is no stranger to breaking convention. His restaurant came close to closing during its early days when Bottura's ambitious dishes alienated traditional diners, and since finding his way onto the world stage, he has developed a habit of shaking things up. In 2015 the soup kitchen he set up to use the food waste from the Expo Milano became the hottest ticket in town, and ever since that, chef has become a dedicated advocate for food access for people in need around the globe through his non-profit organization Food for Soul.

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    His latest initiative to support the organization comes from an equally unexpected source—iconic scotch brand, The Dalmore. In partnership with The Dalmore's master distiller Richard Paterson, Bottura developed a 49-year-old single-malt bottling from some of the distillery's rarest expressions, appropriately named The Dalmore L'Anima (meaning "soul" in Italian.)

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    "The coming together of our passions allowed me to create a whisky that is bold, different, full of warmth and completely unforgettable—it is a true reflection of the love, blood, and balsamic that unites us," said Paterson.

    The bottling, which will come along with a dinner for two at Osteria Francescana, will be auctioned online by Sotheby's from April 25 to May 9 with all proceeds benefiting Food for Soul.

    This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
    * Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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