Welcome to Shangri-La International Festival of Gastronomy! The festival is a celebration of our passion for cuisine. We have invited our celebrity chefs to share their fruitful and exciting culinary careers with you.
Today’s article comes with Chef Mauro Colagreco, the founder of AZUR by Mauro Colagreco at Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing.
- What makes you keep your enthusiasm to contribute in Gastronomy?
A true unconditional love for food, first quality raw material and driving desire to explore flavors.
- What are you going to achieve in the coming stage?
It would be an incredible honour to be an inspiration for young chefs, this is my coming stage. Everything I achieved until now is result of my constant aim: make the most out of every ingredient to serve my clients the best food I can cook.
- Where did you start your Chef Career? Could you share something unique and inspiring food culture there (starting place) to us?
I started in my native country, Argentina. After a foggy period when I did not know what to do with my life, I just remembered as a child I loved cooking and suddenly I got the picture, I decided to follow that enlightenment. Something unique to which I am attached is an ingredient that is part of my family history: figs. The sister of grandmother migrate from Italy to Argentina, bringing with her a branch of fig, as cultural memory of her family and Italy. Once arrived, she immediately planted it. Hence why figs have a special meaning to me.
- What would you tell our young Chef?
A chef’s career means a lot of hard work and dedication. Stay focused and never, never give up. If this is your path it will come out and you will be rewarded!