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Paul Bartolotta, Las Vegas, USA

Paul Bartolotta

There is a constant, recognisable thread in the career of Paul Bortolotta: to elevate the level of Italian cuisine in the US. A goal that he has consistently achieved, from the day he became the James Beard Best Chef Midwest in 1994 (the first Italian chef ever) to his successful nine year tenure of the Spiaggia Restaurant in Chicago; from the opening of the Ristorante di Mare, at the Wynn Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (for which he imports one and a half tons of seafood a year from Italy) to the second James Beard accolade in 2009, Best Chef Southwest. Besides his unquestionable culinary talent and his winning business perspective, Bartolotta has been and is a relentless educator, who contributes to defeat stereotypes. As far as Italian cuisine is concerned, his life, his career and his values are a model, an example to follow, by any chef of Italian cuisine working outside Italy.