Award-winning chef praises Bolton's Food Festival
AWARD-winning chef Aldo Zilli was given a rapturous welcome during his first visit to the Bolton Food and Drink Festival.
The restaurateur — known for the upmarket San Carlo group — brought some of his Italian flare to the festival during his cooking demonstrations on Sunday.
Aldo said he was delighted to be part of the town’s eight festival.
“I have never been to Bolton before but it’s fantastic to be here and support the event, “ he added.
“Food and drink festivals are great for town’s like Bolton because it gives people a chance to see what local produce is available. There’s so much people can take away from it, whether it’s tasting something new or learning how to cook something a bit different.
“I am a big believer in buying local produce so I think the food festival is a great way to show us chefs what’s out there.
“I think the event will bring a lot of visitors in from neighbouring towns to Bolton. I’ve got a lot of people coming from Manchester too today.”
For his demonstration, Aldo rustled up some regional Italian dishes for festival goers starting with homemade pasta chitarra with a sardine Sicilian style sauce and then a pan-fried grouse dish.
For desert he served up a ricotta chocolate cheesecake.
Aldo said his aim was to teach people about the different regional cuisine in Italy and include British produce in his dishes.
The chef, who comes from the central Italian region of Abruzzo, said: “I chose a grouse dish today because it’s in full season and I’m a big believer in using seasonal British produce.
“With Italian food, it’s different in every region and I don’t think many people realise that.”
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