SPEED EATERS: Cookbook reveals F1 secrets
On any given Formula One Grand Prix weekend, chefs in the Pirelli Tires’ hospitality area serve up 198 lb of meat, 132 lb of fish and 110 lb of pasta, prepped in roughly four gallons of cooking oil. It gets washed down with 198 gallons of water and some 2,000 coffees (many made with 26 gallons of milk). Total meals per event number close to 600 – which comes out to over 21,000 per season – and they’re cooked and served primarily by a staff of just eight Pirelli hospitality personnel.
What does a tire maker know about fine dining? Apparently a lot, enough for Pirelli to publish its own exclusive F1-inspired cookbook; “Miles and Meals – Handcrafted by Pirelli” reveals culinary secrets of its F1 chefs.
The recipes are based on Italian dishes, often influenced by the host country of the GP. During a recent summer evening the North American food press (and somehow us) were invited to the West Coast home of CEC Wheels’ Claus Ettensberger to get a taste of some of the concoctions detailed in “Miles and Meals.” We chowed on tasty dishes like Tyrrhenian-style octopus salad, swordfish escalope, and Italian-style tagliata of beef, all prepared by renowned Italian chef Gino Angelini.
Pirelli’s foray into high-end publishing isn’t new. As we’re sure many know, the company has released an exclusive calendar every year since the 1960s, and like those printings, no expense was spared to produce the equal caliber of “Miles and Meals.” Mouth-watering dishes are complemented by gorgeous photography and behind-the-scenes stories from the Pirelli motorhome on the F1 tour.
“Miles and Meals” is undoubtedly the ultimate collector’s piece for the obsessive F1 fan. Sadly, like the calendars, it is super-exclusive – only available as a limited-edition gift for guests and friends of Pirelli.
If you absolutely must have the recipes, you’re in luck; they will be available in digital format, downloadable from the Pirelli website: www.Pirelli.com
All the servers were wearing the new range of clothing from the Pirelli PZero line, which it was announced will be coming to the US soon, for lovers of Italian fashion.