Ribble Valley: Italian restaurant chef named Taste Lancashire ambassador
A chef and co-owner of an East Lancashire restaurant has been named Marketing Lancashire’s newest Taste Lancashire Ambassador.
Italian agro-chef Maurizio Bocchi, chef-patron of multi-award-winning La Locanda restaurant in Gisburn, will join a stellar list of the county’s most celebrated chefs who are leading the way in promoting Lancashire as an unmissable foodie destination.
Maurizio and his wife, Cinzia, opened Restaurant Gisburn in 2003 and have since won numerous awards for their authentic Italian menus, which showcase local produce as well as the best of Italy.
Since 2010, they have held an Ospitalità Italiana award, a certification that highlights the best Italian restaurants in the world, and those who defend and protect Italian cuisine and preserve its history, culture, quality and authenticity.
They have also won the Lancashire Tourism Awards Taste Lancashire for two consecutive years, in 2015 and 2016, and most recently Maurizio and Cinzia received a Taste Lancashire Outstanding Contribution Award at the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2021.
Rachel McQueen, Managing Director of Marketing Lancashire, speaking about the Outstanding Contribution award, said: “It was very well deserved and recognizes the genuine passion for Lancashire and Lancashire produce that Maurizio and Cinzia have shared, very generously, over the past 19 years; not just here in the UK, but also in their native Italy.
“We are delighted to have Maurizio join Marketing Lancashire’s group of Taste Ambassadors – renowned chefs recognized for their skill, knowledge and contribution, who work with us to help drive forward the ambitions of the county’s hospitality industry.”
Commenting on his new role as Taste Lancashire Ambassador, Maurizio said: “By staying true to the traditions of Italian cooking, I can make the most of Lancashire’s wonderful seasonal foods and ingredients, sourced from a growing number of producers. inspiring and innovative premises.
“I want people to enjoy food that gives a flavor of the tradition and culture of Italy, with the honesty and hospitality of Lancashire, the place we are so proud to call home” .