July 28, 2016

Bologna Food tour with Rick Stein

Behind the scenes of Rick Stein filming in Bologna

When Rick Stein, the famous English celebrity chef and TV presenter, planned a “long weekend in Bologna”, his team contacted me in order to find authentic foodie places - preferable places, which haven’t been presented before.
What a great opportunity to bring some publicity to my favorite food producer in Bologna!
After the pre-tour with his wonderful and highly professional working team, we decided on the factories to be featured and the filming was organized in detail.

The film day itself went smooth, despite the fact that we had fresh snow in the mountains (in March!), the schedule was exactly like a regular food tour: we arrived at the Parma cheese factory Pieve Roffeno at 9 am and while Antonio, the Master cheese maker, proceeded the Parmigiano, Rick pretended to be a regular guest on Food tour in Bologna. Francesca and I explained the whole process of making Parma cheese, from the weigh in the vat to the salting bath and aging room. Rick is such a nice and charming person, if there were’nt the camera and instructions how to position, he totally could have been a “normal” guest!

We had lunch at the Agritourismo La Fenice, which offers not only beautiful rooms, but also a restaurant and their own cattle of  Mora Romagnola, the ancient pig breed of the area. Rick was just too curious to stay out of the kitchen, so he watched Paolo when he prepared the “cotoletta di Mora Romagnola”, later we had a wonderful lunch at the open fireplace in the restaurant.

Balsamic vinegar producer dei Bago

Last destination for the day was the balsamic vinegar manufactory (acetaia) “dei Bago”. The overwhelming smell when we entered wasn’t a surprise for Rick since he was prepared, but it still is impressive and so he was really into it when Diego showed him around, the camera always following. Rick is such a natural, it really was like he is on a food tour and visits a balsamic vinegar factory!

I feel blessed for the opportunity to watch backstage the making of a film for foodie travelers with Rick Stein and want to say Thank you for this opportunity: to the team of Denham TV, who did a great job, to my favorite food producer Pieve Roffeno, La Fenice and dei Bago and last, but not least, to Rick Stein – a real connoisseur and Foodie!

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