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Massimo Bottura's obsession with cooking instead has paid off: His restaurant, the Osteria Francescana, may have put the noses of conservative Italian chefs out of joint, but it now boasts the title "best in the world".Set in the heart of Modena in northern Italy, the Osteria already boasted three Michelin stars before it snapped up first prize at the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards in June thanks to a creative cuisine that reinvents Italian traditional dishes. The fare may be world class but this osteria does not take itself too seriously.Bespectacled Bottura, 53, worked on one of his signature creations, "Memory of a mortadella sandwich," for four years.Back in Modena in 1995, he opened the Osteria. Never satisfied, he jumped at the chance five years later to learn from another great master, Spanish giant Ferran Adria.
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