Lorenzo Buccarini: Sharing Is Caring

Hailing from the central Italian region of Marche, Chef Lorenzo Buccarini has been passionately preparing authentic Italian cuisine at Amanusa in Nusa Dua. In its exquisite surrounds he showcases local produce from Bali and beyond, ingredients from his Italian roots, and homemade pasta and hand-selected market-fresh seafood.

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Lorenzo recalled that his childhood was an amusing experience. He was surrounded by the best things life can offer: a loving family and fresh, healthy food.

“I was born and raised in Cagli, a small village in Marche, where I had all my family. I grew up with local food and produce  made by my mother and grandmothers,” Lorenzo said.

The first time he tried his skills in the kitchen was not a successful event,  but he continued to study and perfect his craft in the kitchen. He kept forcing himself to make great dishes.

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“My first time cooking happened for one event in my hometown. I was still in school, I made a fresh tagliatelle pasta, and I remember that it wasn’t a great success.”

Lorenzo found the inspiration to take cooking seriously when he moved to London after finishing school.

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Around that time, he started to work in a busy restaurant where he was working almost all day, with no time to eat or rest.

When he finally went home, he still couldn’t  sleep well because his adrenaline was still running high. He described the experience as brutal and excruciating but he also came to a realization that he was doing the best job in the world. After gaining some experience, he decided to take on a new adventure by moving to Asia to learn more about Asian food.

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“I never had any experience or exposure to Asian cuisine and I realized that there is a lot to learn about. My favorites are Turkish as my wife is a Turkish and she cooks very well. The second favorite would be Japanese and next is Thai food.”

At Amanusa, Lorenzo creates a series of foods made as a tribute to his childhood in a concept called “Sharing Style.” He recalled that when he was a kid, his grandmother had a regular habit of cooking every Sunday for the family. It was like a religious event for the family.

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The get-togethers were no small affair. It was a grandiose event filled with laughter and sometimes a heated argument.

“It was amazing; the quality of the food, the quantity, and everything was left in the middle of the table; while we were talking and sharing our arguments we were sharing also the food. That’s what we want recreate here at Amanusa.”

It is the spirit that Lorenzo is expecting guests to experience at Amanusa: the joy of sharing food and thoughts.

Quick BITES

Favorite ingredient to cook with?
White balsamic vinegar

Ingredient you’re most afraid of?
None

Celebrity you would love to cook for?
“Tous célèbres ici”; all people are celebrities when they come to our  restaurant

What would you make for the celebrity?
Anything they like

Midnight snack?
Spaghetti alla carbonara

Baked or fried?
Baked

Hangover cure?
Fresh Beer

Would you rather never cook again or never taste again?
None

Last meal on earth?
The real Neapolitan pizza

Breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?
Dinner for breakfast

AMANUSA
Jalan Nusa Dua, Benoa, Badung, Bali
T: +62 361 772333
www.amanusa.com
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Written by Tatu Hutami Photographs by AKI July 25, 2017.

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