LECCE, ITALY - 15 DECEMBER 2021: Head chef Isabella Poti (26) slices a clover gelato that will be served as one of the 13 courses of the tasting menu, here in the kitchen at Bros, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the southern Italy city of Lecce, Italy, on December 15th 2021.
Floriano Pellegrino became the most ridiculed chef in the world when a travel blogger’s epically bad review of his restaurant Bros, and its chef’s kiss of a mouth mold, went viral. “There was nothing even close to an actual meal served,” wrote Geraldine DeRuiter on her blog, the Everywherist, in which she reviewed and the derided the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the southern Italy city of Lecce.
Floriano Pellegrino, the chef at Bros', responded by calling the food "art" in a three-page statement published in full by TODAY food. At the end of the response Pellegrino addressed "Limoniamo", the plaster mold mentioned by DeRuiter in her review:
“We thank Mrs. XXX — I don’t remember her name — for making us get to where we had not yet arrived. We are out of stock of ‘Limoniamo’, thank you very much.”