As of July, with the announcement of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Massimo Bottura oversees the most highly lauded restaurant in the world, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy. Keeping with his new status, the chef is set to appear in the upcoming issue of T Magazine, sharing the cover with the likes of author Zadie Smith, fashion designer Junya Watanabe, and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Though the culinary arts have become an increasingly visual medium in recent years, thanks in large to the food porn-fication of Instagram and Snapchat, the full sensory experience of cooking is often overlooked in favor of good lighting. In a beautifully shot video to accompany its profile of Bottura, the New York Times places the chef in a soundproof room filled with dozens of microphones, seeking to capture every sizzle, scrape, and spark as he cooks up his favorite childhood recipe: lasagne.
“And how does that make you feel?” Bottura whispers in the robot’s ear before the video fades to black.
To be honest, it makes us feel a little hungry, and a little creeped out.