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ACADEMIA BARILLA is the first international center dedicated to the promotion and development of Italian Gastronomic Culture. It appraises the wealth of Italian products and is committed to sustaining research into its own services, which are of a very high standard of quality. MICHAEL WHITE studied with Chef Paul Bartolotta and completed his apprenticeship with esteemed Chef Valentino Marcattilii at Ristorante San Domenico in Imola. Afterwards he returned to the United States in 2001, using techniques deeply rooted in his profound respect for Italian culinary tradition and in his vibrant desire to popularize the country's best ingredients and most popular recipes. He then became Chef de Cuisine at Spiaggia, and in 2002 made his appearance in New York as Executive Chef at the Fiamma Osteria. In 2007, White partnered renowned restaurateur Chris Cannon to stand at the helms of L'Impero and Alto, both winners of the 2003 James Beard Award. In May 2009, they opened the restaurant Marea, specializing in seafood. Inspired by the principle of his taste memory, White strives with every creation to re-create the taste and sensory experience of a real Italian meal.