Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
About Alessandro Cartumini
To the delight of his guests, Chef Alessandro merges his European training, his subtle Italian sensibility, and his personal mission for fresh, healthy, and well-balanced cuisine to create menus which reflect the local bounty and regional flavors. Throughout his two decades of culinary experiences with several five-star hotels, including the Four Seasons properties in Berlin, Miami and California, Alessandro understands that being innovative and creative makes the headlines, but ultimately it's about pleasing his guests and their palates which he strives to achieve every day. Alessandro is currently the Executive Chef of Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and features local producers on his menus as part of his community-focused program.
Executive Chef Alessandro Cartumini's Strawberry Balsamic Parfait with Stresa Cookies, Mascarpone & Basil is the dish which epitomizes his philosophy towards food – keep it fresh and well-balanced. Cartumini lets the natural flavor of Driscoll's strawberries be the focus of the dish and subtly enhances it with a light dusting of freshly made stresa cookie and whipped mascarpone. To brighten the flavor, he adds basil slivers.
The sweetness of fresh berries is surprisingly enhanced when paired with tart or spicy flavors. Toss berries with balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, or add citrus fruits and jalapeño peppers, and discover new depths of flavors for the palate.
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