CHEF AKSHAY KULKARNI HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT
Italian cuisine may be considered the origin of all Western and European cuisine. In fact, the culinary world of Italy dates back to the Roman Empire and has evolved since. Italy is also the country where the art of fine dining originated. This is why it’s considered to be among the most developed cuisines in the world known for its rich, bold flavors and its multi-layered yet smooth palatability. Italian cuisine is also extremely art and creativity-driven with many professional chefs specializing in Italian cooking.
The two cornerstones of Italian cuisine are fresh, seasonal produce and simple processes. Just between these two factors, there is a lot of ingredient diversity and stylistic influences that result in huge variations of recipes across the country. In fact, Italian food varies from village to village. Internationally, Italy is known for its wine, cheese, pasta, and pizza, but to a local, there’s so much more than that.
Italy is also known for its proud heritage of celebrating food with family. This aspect results in strong cultural ties of food and celebrations. Family gatherings and reunions are often organized and celebrated with wonderful and scrumptious meals. This is particularly true on weekends where meals tend to be longer than in other cultures with feasts lasting up to a few hours.
Dive a little deeper into each region and one can observe the many nuances of Italian cuisine. Spaghetti and Pizza originate from the central region of Italy. Move to the North and you’ll see a huge change in ingredients with fish, potatoes, rice, sausages, pork, and cheeses being commonplace. This region is particularly famous for stuffed pasta, polenta, and risotto. Down South, dishes are prepared mainly using tomatoes and include capers, peppers, olives, garlic, eggplant, and ricotta cheese..
What’s common to all these regions is the use of wheat as a staple part of the diet. Many globally famous breads and pastas come from Italy. Focaccia is one such example. Wheat is also the core ingredient in pasta and Italian cuisine is well known for its use of a variety of pastas. The most famous ones include - penne, spaghetti, linguini, fusilli, lasagne and ravioli. Another important attribute of the Italian kitchen is wine. Wine is used both in cooking and as a stand-alone drink, and Italy is home to some very famous vineyards. Italy is also known for its cheese and with more than 400 dairy creations, Italian cheese production has the richest varieties in flavor.
However, what makes Italian food a global success is its informal, relaxed, family-style cuisine which is easily accessible across the globe. Even in India, Italian cuisine is highly rated and has many patrons with several foodies creating a space for it in their hearts and stomachs. As for me, I believe Italian cuisine can be taken explored deeply to create unique, exciting offerings to the food marketing of any country.
For my profile photography project, I’ve decided to bring together Italian cuisine and a BOTTLED theme. This trend in food utilizes glass bottles to preserve the flavor of food. Glass is better than any other packaging material and bottled food doesn’t get contaminated easily as the exposed surface area is minimal. Another reason I chose this theme is because of the pandemic and its effect on the restaurant culture. This bottled approach is a new way to put forth the efforts of chefs.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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Vinay R on June 10, 2021: