Massimo Bottura began his career in 1986 when he revived an old trattoria on the outskirts of Modena. He went on to complete an apprenticeship under Georges Coigny before working for Alain Ducasse at Louis XV in Monte Carlo.
In 1995, Massimo opened Osteria Francescana in central Modena, where he was able to marry his creative outlook on Italian cuisine with cutting edge contemporary art and design. His culinary education continued in the summer of 2000, when he spent time at elBulli with Ferran Adrià.
In 2011, Osteria Francescana was awarded three Michelin stars and voted forth at the S. Pellegrino 50 World's Best Restaurants Awards. Massimo received the Grand Prix de l'Art by the International Culinary Academy in Paris and was decorated with a medal of honour for his contribution to Culture and the Arts by the town of Modena; he also serves on the board of the Basque Culinary Centre.