— A chef-driven effort by the culinary industry to make a name for itself in the global marketplace is being touted as the next big thing in food, and its name could be Valentina.
A few months ago, Valentina, a Paris-based restaurateur, was tapped by the world to launch the first ever menu in the country for a French-American restaurant.
She has since opened a few more restaurants and is expected to open another soon.
But her idea to create a menu of ingredients that have been traditionally available in France has gone on to be a global phenomenon, with restaurants all over the world adding their own versions of the classic dishes.
Valentina says she has worked closely with chefs from across the world, from Italy and the U.K., to make sure their menus have the right mix of French and Italian flavors and traditions.
The restaurant, which opened its doors in April, is a collaboration between Valentina and chef-in-residence Josefina Cacavia.
It is being marketed as a fusion between French and American cuisine.
But its main focus is on Italian ingredients, such as salami and parmesan.
The menus, dubbed Valentina: The French-Inspired Menu, were created by Valentina’s husband Josef, who has been working in the restaurant business since 2008.
He is a veteran of Michelin-starred restaurants in London, Paris and Milan, and also runs his own restaurant in Pasadena.
Valentino’s goal was to find an Italian recipe for the classic delicacy, something he had never tried before.
He says he had always loved the idea of using local ingredients, but when the concept was announced, he knew it was the right one.
He said it is the first time he has created a menu that has all the ingredients in place.
Valente was born in Italy, but spent her formative years in the U