Some years ago, Massimiliano Cameli invented the international event, Chef under the bridge, a chance to gather some of the most important and talented chefs in the world in Portico di Romagna, cooking their own best dishes for two days, along the main street of the village.
This year one of them, John Restrepo Quintero, in love with the place, decided to stay at Vecchio Convento for a couple of months, bringing his international experience in the kitchen. We decided to tell his history in our blog.
Q: You participated to the last edition of Chefs under the bridge: how was your experience?
A: I was invited by some common friends of Massimiliano. He met the chef of Momo, a Moroccan restaurant in the center of
Q: How did you started your career?
A: I was born in
Q: What do you mean?
A: Well, I have a very brave and stubborn wife. She believes in me maybe more than I do. It took her one year to convince me to fly over
Q: How was your first impact with
A: Of course, I did not have the time to learn English before leaving and I did not have a job there. The only thing I had done was to send my Cv all around, the more that I could send. And so it happened that after two day Momo called me. I did not understand a word and my entire first job interview was ridiculous but I got the job. The first six months were so hard that I lost
Q: Which is the dish you like most to prepare?
A: Well, I do not have a favorite dish. Let’s say I’m more comfortable doing the Spanish kitchen. But when I’m at home I like simple food.
Q: Now how do you see your future?
A: Me and my wife want to travel, I do not want to stay in a kitchen of the same restaurant, I still want to learn and the best way is to move from a country to another one, learning the culture, the habits and, of course, the food, as I’m doing here at Vecchio Convento.