Co-hosted by Armani/Ristorante Chef de Cuisine, Giovanni Papi, the evening will be an opportunity to showcase both chefs’ culinary pedigree, with each invited to put his own unique stamp on a collaborative six-course menu.
A former chef for the Italian navy turned five-star culinary maestro, Varese-born Chef Francesco credits his mother and grandmother’s passion for cooking as the starting point for his own love of the kitchen. High-profile restaurant positions in Switzerland and his native Italy eventually brought him to Armani Hotel Milano where his favourite dishes to share include beef tartare and risotto.
Fellow Italian, Chef Giovanni Papi, who was named Rising Star of the Year at the 2020 Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards, has been cooking professionally for almost two decades. He specialises in creating exquisite flavour combinations presented with contemporary flair. He is also one of the invited chefs taking part at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Chef’s Table showcase series of events.
The exclusive four hands dinner menu will begin with a Dubai-meets-Milan paired duo of amuse bouches, followed by a superlative procession of signature creations including a parmesan fondue-filled fried beignet, scallop tartare with white truffle, salad of pigeon breast with seared foie gras, an intriguing twist on a traditional lasagna, turbot in a caper sauce with porcini and slow-cooked Piemontese beef. Dessert will be the iconic Armani/Ristorante sfera, a must to conclude any meal. Not only the food, but also the live entertainment will transport you back to vibrant buzz of Milano, with contemporary Italian tunes performed throughout the exclusive evening.