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Robert De Niro Teams Up With ‘World’s Greatest Chef’ for Bronx Project

Robert De Niro Teams Up With ‘World’s Greatest Chef’ for Bronx Project

Robert De Niro and Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana are working together to make good food more accessible in The Bronx

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Massimo Bottura is chef at the “World’s Best Restaurant,” Osteria Francescana.

Just a few short weeks ago, chef Massimo Bottura won one of the most prestigious honors a restaurant owner can achieve: reaching No. 1 on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. But Bottura’s next career move may come as a surprise to some; He’s teaming up with Robert De Niro for a project in the Bronx to open a more palatable soup kitchen.

The idea first came out of the Milan Expo last year and was called the Refettorio Ambrosiano. Bottura came up with the idea of gathering the food that would have been thrown out every day during the Expo and having a different chef create a gourmet meal for the homeless and hungry each evening.The initiative saved 15 tons of food, fed a lot of people in need, and was so popular that Bottura announced his intention to open a more permanent experiment in the Bronx.

"At lunchtime, there are going to be students there; and the very best chefs in the world, the rock 'n' roll stars, will be cooking scraps for them," Bottura told Yahoo during the Milan Expo. "It's like the Pope washing the feet of the people in the street." The project even had the blessing of Pope Francis, who also inspired Bottura on his mission.

Bottura announced on Instagram his involvement with De Niro with a welcome message: "Planning the new Refettorio in the Bronx!!! 2017 with Bob," he said.


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

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Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


Family And Grandmother's Secret Recipe Mean The World For This Popular Chicago Chef

It’s not unusual to ask a chef who inspired their signature dish or who helped shape their worldview as it relates to food and to learn its origins is often from a beloved family member. Such is the case for Jimmy Bannos Jr., Chef of The Purple Pig in Chicago. A father of two himself, Bannos credits his own father for inspiring him to become the chef his is today but it’s his grandmother’s recipe that he serves both at his popular Chicago restaurant and at home.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr.'s signature dish is gnocchi with neck bone gravy, a recipe handed down from his . [+] grandmother and a dish this father of two now prepares regularly for his own family.

Haas and Haas Photography

Bannos grew up around food and the restaurant business. His father, Jimmy Bannos, is owner and chef of Heaven on Seven, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s Loop and just a mile away from The Purple Pig. He’s moving his restaurant to a new place a half-block south from its original spot, making it even closer to his dad’s place. Earlier this month, he announced the opening of The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant that will open nearby at 160 E. Grand Ave.

Jimmy Bannos, Jr. grew up around restaurants. In addition to being the owner and chef of The Purple . [+] Pig, the chef recently announced he'll be opening The Purple Cow, an Italian and beef-focused restaurant, later this year.

Still, all of the restaurants couldn’t be more different.

“At The Purple Pig, I’m able to share my love for Mediterranean food by creating a menu full of rustic, sharable plates,” says Bannos. “In addition to a massive selection of ‘cheese, swine, and wine,’ the restaurant features a range of dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, and Spain.”

Raising a family while working in the restaurant business isn’t easy and the father of two daughters, age five and three, tries to carve out as much time as he can with them. “They are getting to the age where they understand what I do, and we are so appreciative of the time we have together,” he shares. “I love my girls, and thankfully I have the time that I do with them.”


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