The video tells the memories of Chef Ugo D’orso, born in Naples in 1945, immediately after the war.

The chef tells of a traumatic experience that led him, first to move away from food, and later to be sucked into the world of gastronomy, a bit as a revenge against the abuse suffered at an early age.

Subsequently he recounts his first work experiences, the many trips that led him around the world to talk about the Mediterranean Diet, and one of the two meetings he had with Pope John Paul II, for which he had the honor of preparing his famous “Paradise cake”. After talking to us about his favorite dishes and memories, the chef concludes with a reflection on the change in professional figures related to food and wine, leaving us with his dream in the drawer, namely the creation of a book on the evolution of the figure of the chef.

Video by: Anna Furioso and Alfonso Lanza
Document by: Anna Furioso and Alfonso Lanza
Subtitle ita/eng by: Anna Furioso and Alfonso Lanza
MedEatResarch – Center of Social Research on the Mediterranean Diet of the University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa, head by Marino Niola and Elisabetta Moro
Realized: 05-05-2021
Ugo D'Orso

Ugo D'Orso

Anno: 05/02/1945
Città: Napoli
Scolarità: Diploma di cucina
Professione: Chef, Insegnante
Lingua parlata: Italiano

Video table of contents

00:16 Introduction
00:48 Food violence
03:36 “The parrot tongues”
04:50 The first work experiences
06:00 Peppers today
07:30 Travels and Mediterranean diet
08:36 The relationship with the students
The plate of memory
Daddy's anchovies
If I hadn’t been a chef
The Pope
A book: the history of change

Geographic information

Country: IT
Region: Campania
City: Posillipo, Napoli
Altitude: 163m slm

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