BIOGRAPHY OF Christian Puglisi
Christian Francesco Puglisi was born in Messina in Italy in 1982. Arriving in Denmark as an immigrant in 1990 he later attended the Danish Hospitality College and graduated with honours in 2004.
Amongst other experiences as a learning cook, he was a short stint at le Taillevent, Paris in '05 and El Bulli in '06. Shortly after Christian became the sous-chef at Noma in Copenhagen and remained so for 2 1/2 year until he ventured out to open his own restaurant, Relæ in 2010.
Relæ was opened with partner Kim Rossen and soon the smaller eatery Manfreds was opened just across the street from the original restaurant thus benefitting from the synergy between the two kitchens.
Relæ was in 2011 awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin guide and that the year after was swapped for a Michelin star. Relæ was also shortlisted amongst the top 100 of the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants three years in a row, and entered the list as #45 in 2015. Simultaneously, Relæ was honoured with the Sustainable Restaurant Award. In 2016 Relæ held the place as #40 on the list while receiving the Sustainable Restaurant Award for the second year in a row.
In 2013 Relæ obtained the highest Danish organic certification making it the first Michelin starred restaurant with such a certification in the world. All the restaurants have since followed.
In 2014 two other members were added to the restaurant family, the bakery and eatery Mirabelle and the critically acclaimed Bæst, a low-key restaurant showcasing the best local produce by using the most traditional Italian crafts. The house-cured salamis, house-made fresh cheeses, and the sourdough based pizzas have from the very beginning reaped awards on the Danish gastronomic scene, including Bistro of the Year in 2015 by the Danish Food Critics.
Farm of Ideas – a small-scale farm site producing numerous vegetables and herbs for Puglisi’s restaurants – was initiated in 2016, including a small herd of Jersey cows delivering the raw milk for the cheese production in the micro dairy at Bæst. All the land and the cows are being converted to hold the organic certification by early 2018.
Christian has been participating in numerous chef-conferences world wide and was most notably a speaker at MAD in 2013 alongside some of the greatest names in gastronomy.
In 2014 Christian F. Puglisi published the critically acclaimed Relæ: A Book of Ideas with Ten Speed Press, an American publisher. The book was a shortlist nominee for The Art of Eating, Cookbook of the year, won the IACP Design award and was nominated for a James Beard Award.
Besides authoring this book Christian has also written a number of recipes, essays and short stories for Danish newspapers.
Christian’s focus on integrating gastronomy and sustainable agricultural practices has also acquired him a nomination as the Citizen of the Year by the Danish newspaper Politiken.
Christian F. Puglisi has since 2016 been in the Board of the Directors of the Nordic Food Lab, a self- sustained foundation that explores the Nordic region for gastronomic potential.
Wednesday 12th April, 2017
Pre dinner drinks 6.00pm, seated at 6.30pm
TasTAFE Drysdale Launceston, 93 Paterson Street, Launceston
Price $250 per person