On the current season of Fuck That’s Delicious, Action Bronson travels to Italy to hang out with Massimo Bottura, the chef patron of the best restaurant in the world, Osteria Francescana in Modena. And while one might think that Bronson could pick up a few tricks from Bottura in the kitchen, it looks like the weed-smoking MC might have actually rubbed off on the three Michelin-starred chef.
In a cover story for T Magazine, hitting newsstands this Sunday, the enigmatic Bottura allows writer Jeff Gordinier to test one of his latest inventions: a cheese vaporizer. “You want to see something crazy?” Bottura asks the journalist, and from there we’re off to the races.
Naturally, this contraption has a somewhat surreal back-story. Bottura had been thinking about bridges — some gorgeous Santiago Calatrava structure — and how they become ribboned with fog. Bottura envisioned what might happen if, instead of fog, “every single person who drove over the bridge could breathe Parmigiano-Reggiano.”
Though the invention sounds like something Bottura thought up after smoking more than just cheese, apparently only a few people have ever taken a hit from the chef’s invention: Gordinier, Kate Moss, and a handful of others. “Now breathe!” the chef barks after dropping a hunk of cheese into the bubbling contraption. “Breathe in the flavor!”
When you’re one of the best chefs in the world—crafting award-winning Italian fare behind a well-groomed gray beard and black horn-rimmed glasses—apparently you spend your days hitting cheese bongs with supermodels.
Still, despite the ingenuity behind his invention, the word might not be ready for Bottura’s patented formaggio vape kit. Ultimately, Gordinier spends the remainder of his night coughing up the funky cheese residue stuck to his lungs.
Sometimes art is ugly up close, folks.
[via New York Times]