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Massimiliano Blasone's Guide to London

Posted by: Steve 06/11/2012 @ 12:03
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Massimiliano Blasone is the executive chef of Cassis Bistro on Brompton Road, where his passion for Italian culinary flair mixes beautifully with the restaurant's gorgeous Provencale cooking. Taking influence from southern France before giving it an innovative Italian twist or two, Massimiliano's modern take on the punchy Provencal flavours is proving pretty popular, with diners more than happy to make the pilgrimage to South Ken.

Formerly executive chef of Heinz Beck's Michelin starred Apsleys, Massimiliano knows a thing or two about what works in the capital, so take a look at the places that he visits when he wants some very fine fare.

Hedone                                                                                             I love Hedone because of Mikael Jonsson's small and exclusive menu. It’s completely dependent on what his suppliers have available that day, meaning he uses only the freshest ingredients possible. At the far end of Chiswick it's not the easiest to get to but it's worth the journey.

Zuma                                                                                                If I had to summarise I'd say good concept, excellent marketing and great food. I've never had a disappointing meal at Zuma.

Apsleys at The Lanesborough                                                  Obviously I am biased as I worked there, but it was the proudest moment of my life when Apsley's won their Michelin star. Heinz Beck is a genius, I worked with him for a long time and he has been a huge influence on me.

Franco Manca                                                                                   As I'm from Italy I can be quite particular about my pizza but this is the best in London by far, their sourdough bases is fantastic, plus it's great value for money.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester Hotel                                                                                                 I can honestly say that Alain is a living legend, his take on classic French and Mediterranean cuisine is very inspiring. Every dish that comes out of the restaurant is a masterpiece.

Massimiliano Blasone is the executive chef of Cassis Bistro on Brompton Road. For more information on the restaurant and Massimiliano himself, please feel free to click here.

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