Italian chef Alessandro Casti goes French for Tour of duty

Thursday, 14 July 2016 - 10:43am

FORGET spaghetti, risotto and gelato. Italian chef Alessandro Casti has gone French, if only for a night.

Casti will create a French feast, his second-favourite cuisine, for the Italian Club’s first ever Tour de France dinner to raise funds for the Royal Hobart Hospital’s Research Foundation.

The club has staged Giro d’Italia fundraisers before but with Tasmania’s favourite cycling son Richie Porte plying his trade through France this month Casti has broken out the French cookbooks.

Casti has promised a rich beef bourguignon as the centrepiece of his French foray.

“Beef bourguignon is one of my favourites and, of course, crepe suzette and crème brulee,” he said.

Cyclist David McQuillen, founder of the extreme training website SufferFest, loves the Tour de France for just that, the suffering.

“I love the complete pain and misery they have to go through to get to glory,” he said.

Cath Adams of the RHH Research Foundation said fundraisers were critical.

“Events like this help us raise over $600,000 per annum, which is invested in local medical research grants which greatly benefit the health of Tasmanians,” she said.


Pictured - Italian Club chef Alessandro Casti and cyclist David McQuillen prepare for the RHH fundraising dinner. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE.

Article courtesy of The Mercury Newspaper.