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A Taste of True Italia

A Taste of True Italia

When You’re Ready to Chow, Giorgio Pappalardo Is Set to Tickle Your Palate. “We are the choices we make. “– Meryl Streep Chef Giorgio Pappalardo wears more than one hat in Taiwan. He is the owner and director of Osteria by Angie — a fine Italian restaurant chain that serves authentic classic Italian cuisine, the … Continue reading

道地義國滋味- Giorgio Pappalardo掌廚!

道地義國滋味- Giorgio Pappalardo掌廚!

只要你坐定, Giorgio 準叫你味蕾大開。 自己的選擇,自己的人生。 — 梅若史翠普 主廚 Giorgio Pappalardo 在台灣擁有多重身分。他是Osteria by Angie 道地義式料理精緻連鎖餐廳的負責人兼總監、純自然釀造酒進口公司 The Warehouse 以及廚藝學校 Skills 的創辦人,同時也是廣受歡迎的食譜「簡單, 就是最好的味道」的作者。 Giorgio 是個值得年輕人效法的對象。   我很榮幸也很高興在本月上旬的一個星期三下午訪問到 Giorgio 。當日的天氣陰暗,但我卻心情愉快, 原因是我與這位謙虛、幽默、務實的主廚兼餐廳業主融洽訪談之後,我深受啟發。 Giorgio 小時候在學成績並不好,他說:「我什麼都喜歡,就是不喜歡唸書」。後來,他發覺自己對膳食懷有無比的熱情。Giorgio 的母親注意到 Giorgio 對於料理的天份和嚮往,就鼓勵他就讀餐飲學校,結果他的人生從此完全改觀。「我通過了入學考試,但我今天還是搞不懂當初是怎麼辦到的」,Giorgio 笑了出來。   畢業、服完兵役後,  Giorgio 遇到了第二個改變他人生的機會:亦即有幸在 Alain Ducasse 旗下工作四年。Alain Ducasse 是極少數獲得米其林贈星的主廚,他也是 Giorgio  學習的榜樣和靈感的來源. 回顧過去,Giorgio 了解到與 Alain Ducasse 共事的那段期間才是他廚師生涯的轉捩點,因為他的廚藝從那之後便開始進入一個更精緻的境界。  Giorgio 展示他做學徒時的照片。 他娓娓道出照片之後的故事,指出這張照片對他而言深具意義。   跟 Alain Ducasse … Continue reading

Nathan Sawaya Takes My Questions

Nathan Sawaya Takes My Questions

I had the privilege of conducting a virtual interview with Nathan Sawaya, the mastermind and soul behind the one-of-a-kind exhibit The Art of the Brick now taking place in Taipei. You can get a glimpse of the singular exhibition by clicking on Nathan Sawaya: Recreator of LEGO. Nathan Sawaya is officially recognized by The LEGO … Continue reading

Nathan Sawaya Takes My Questions

Nathan Sawaya Takes My Questions

I had the privilege of conducting a virtual interview with Nathan Sawaya, the mastermind and soul behind the one-of-a-kind exhibit The Art of the Brick now taking place in Taipei. You can get a glimpse of the singular exhibition by clicking on Nathan Sawaya: Recreator of LEGO. Nathan Sawaya is officially recognized by The LEGO … Continue reading

Nathan Sawaya: Recreator of LEGO

Nathan Sawaya: Recreator of LEGO

(Yellow: Nathan’s best-known art piece, comprising 11, 014 bricks.) Metal, wood, clay or even a stone can all be perfect mediums of sculptural arts. But LEGO bricks? Give me a break, you might say. Or, Get out of here! I was not born yesterday. But I’m not kidding you. Larger-than-life sculptures made of nothing else … Continue reading

Think outside the box. Push the envelope. Meet the new genre of weekend warriors at Startup Weekend workshop!

Think outside the box. Push the envelope. Meet the new genre of weekend warriors at Startup Weekend workshop!

Startup Weekend is a well-designed, well-executed, challenge-driven innovation workshop that sees many a novel product take shape from conception to completion, bolstered by mentor guidance along the way. I was honored to be invited to Startup Weekend Taiwan Hardware 2012, the latest and the very first hybrid software-hardware themed event held in Taipei September 14-16. … Continue reading