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NEW: RI Chef Walter Potenza to Cook for Pope Francis

Monday, October 21, 2013

 

Known for his historically accurate dishes, Potenza was the first chef in the United States to introduce the century’s old technique and art of Terracotta Cooking.

Master Chef Walter Potenza will cook at the Vatican for Holy Father Pope Francis on Wednesday November 13, 2013. The event is a fund-raising collaboration between the Association of Professional Italian Chefs of the Region of Lazio and the Hunger-Relief Mission of the Vatican toward the “Barrios” of South America. Potenza is the only participating chef from the United States.

Background

Potenza, a native of Giulianova in Abruzzo, Italy, is known as a passionate and accomplished practitioners of traditional and innovative Italian cooking in the nation. Potenza came to America at the age of 19, to live with his family and study history at Rhode Island College, but soon became attracted to the restaurant business. Potenza currently owns Potenza Ristorante and Chef Walters Cooking School, both of which are located in Cranston.

Accolades

Potenza’s culinary awards include the Six Star Diamond Award, the Portonovo Award from the Marche Region of Italy, and the prestigious Insignia Award received in the year 2000 by the Italian Government.

He has been featured on channels such as the Food Network, Fox, We Network, Travel, Rai, CBS, NBC, and the host of two cooking shows; Stir it up and Flavors & Knowledge with ABC, which won him an Emmy for historical content.

 

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