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Screening and discussion: Gualtiero Marchesi, the Great Italian



Screening and discussion: Gualtiero Marchesi, the Great Italian

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On the occasion of the 4th Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, join us for a special screening of Gualtiero Marchesi, the Great Italian by Maurizio Gigola, a documentary honoring the first Italian chef to earn three Michelin stars.

Presented at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the documentary follows the life of Gualtiero Marchesi, one of the forefathers of modern Italian Cuisine: from his humble beginnings in Italy, to his travels to France and Japan. We learn about his life and career through the lens of the different countries, chefs, and ingredients that become his inspiration.

After the screening, Mary Beth Albright, Food expert and anchor at The Washington Post, will discuss with filmmaker Maurizio Gigola how Marchesi inspired a new era of Italian food, his marriage of art and cuisine and his openness to take inspiration from music, culture, the landscape and far away food cultures.


Director: Maurizio Gigola
Italy 2018, 85 min
Documentary in Italian, English and French with English Subtitles


The program will be followed by a reception inspired by Gualtiero Marchesi’s cuisine



Embassy of Italy 
3000 Whitehaven Street NW 
Washington, DC 20008


Please Note



Due to new safety regulations, we are not allowed to add extra seats to the auditorium or let anyone stand. A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time.

Once the event is full we will not accept wait list requests. A limited number of “last call" registrations will be available on Eventbrite between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM on the day of the event.



PREVIEW (via YouTube)



Maurizio Gigola


Maurizio Gigola began his career in Milan, between the birth of the first private radios and the explosion of the Made in Italy phenomenon towards the end of the ’70s.

He studied in S. Francisco at the Academy of Arts University and in Italy he collaborated with maestro Luciano Emmer as a producer and director, making numerous successful documentaries and commercials.

In the 1990s he entered the world of Industrial Psychology, accepting to direct an Italian branch of P. A. Consulting and in the following twenty years, he collaborated with the most important companies in the Italian industrial and financial scenario (among other Fiat – Cattolica Assicurazione – Banco Popolare). In addition, he collaborated with Ogilvy and created one of the very first long-distance learning platforms, becoming a partner of Psychological Associates of San Louis (MO) for which he founded and directs DW ITALIA.

Between 2016 and 2018 he dedicated himself in creating the documentary film about the life of Gualtiero Marchesi.

Today he works between Italy and S.Francisco, where he founded a startup, The Longevity Project, devoted to explore how the Mediterranean diet is a transnational, intangible asset that can prolong life when combined with biodiversity, healthy lifestyles, beauty and art.


Mary Beth Albright 


Mary Beth Albright is the Food Anchor at The Washington Post. She is a food expert with broad experience, from National Geographic writer to finalist on Food Network Star, where she competed on Iron Chef America. She is a trusted, grounded voice in the Washington, D.C. food world and a "well rounded food person," according to the James Beard Foundation. After competing for four months on Food Network Star, Chef Bobby Flay commented that Mary Beth "speaks so well about food, she makes us fall in love with food even more."

She is a frequent panel moderator--including for the U.S. State Department and the Smithsonian--on topics as wide-ranging as culinary diplomacy, whether there is a science to restaurant criticism, and food films.

Mary Beth's food-judging expertise is sought regularly, including the time she ate 2,000 foods in three days to judge the Outstanding New Products Awards. Outside of the food world, her service includes co-chairing the National Cathedral Elementary School Scholarship Fund's 40th anniversary, raising almost $1 million.

Mary Beth has served on multiple boards, including the WSA, which provides grants to not-for-profit organizations in Washington, DC, where she has resided for 25 years. Mary Beth is an elected member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an esteemed group of women in the culinary professions, which counts Julia Child among its alumnae.

Her passion for real, good food grew from her mentor, the legendary Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. After 15 years of working with Dr. Koop on health and food issues, and attending Georgetown Law School (graduating cum laude), Mary Beth worked with subsequent Surgeons General and companies, advising on food systems and managing a White House initiative.

Mary Beth lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Craig and nine-year-old son Truman, who wants to know if you want to talk about baseball.


Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : Italian Cultural Institute

Entrance : Free


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