Immigrant chefs taking strong presence in Italian restaurants

The International Herald Tribune features an expose on the rising number of immigrant chefs taking a strong presence in Italy – a phenomenon causing debate concerning the strong national image of famed Italian cuisine. The article features several chefs of Indian, Tunisian, Jordanian, and other non-natives gaining respect for their work in the kitchen, and earning praise from prestigious restaurant reviewers. The author of the article writes: Italians take their food very seriously, not just as nourishment and pleasure but as a chief component of national and regional identity. Quotes in the article display both favorable and unfavorable opinions concerning the presence of non-Italian chefs, the introduction of new ingredients and spices to dishes, and immigration in the country as a whole.