The Summit opened Wed 6 with an unprecedented Gala Party that had as a Special Guest Chef Massimiliano Alajmo, chef of Le Calandre (Rubano – Padova), the world’s youngest three-star Michelin chef, is esteemed by both his clients and peers for his clever interpretation of traditional Italian flavors. Born in 1974, Max came into the world with an innate culinary and cultural curiosity. Together with his brother Raffaele (Raf), he is a part of the fifth generation of the Alajmo family self-employed as chefs and restaurateurs. His guests can experience his conceptual, yet playful cuisine in a multi-sensory context. Today, Max manages the kitchens of the Alajmo family’s three fine-dining restaurants – Le Calandre, La Montecchia and Quadri, as well as their three bistrots – Il Calandrino, abcMontecchia and abcQuadri.
As a very special feature during the Gala Party, the wonderful opera singer Monica De Rosa Mc Kay made a presentation. Disciple of Pavarotti himself Mc Kay had the opportunity of singing to celebrate Italian National Day in the UAE and stated: "Opera and Italy are one and the same thing. Celebrating our national day with opera is like putting on a display of one of the most beautiful parts of our musical culture."