The Reading / Listening - Level 1

A restaurant in Italy is the winner of the 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurants award. The awards ceremony is like the Oscars of the food world. The Osteria Francescana restaurant was named number one. Italian food is loved worldwide, but this is the first time an Italian restaurant has won the prize. The Osteria Francescana came second in 2015. The chef and owner is Mr Massimo Bottura. He was very emotional when he got his award. He said: "I want to thank everyone….Our job is all about art…in the kitchen."



Winning the award is good for business. The restaurant is fully booked until November. People must reserve six months ahead. Customers will fly to Italy to eat at the restaurant. Bottura won for his creative and original food, and traditional ingredients. He makes amazing shapes with cheese that people have never seen before. One of his best-known dishes is a dessert called, "Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart". The chef drops it from half a metre onto a plate.

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Sources
  • http://www.thelocal.it/20160614/italian-restaurant-crowned-the-best-in-the-world
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/osteria-francescana-first-italian-restaurant-to-be-named-worlds-best-restaurant/
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/06/14/foodanddrink/2016-world-best-restaurant-awards/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The awards
  2. like the Oscars of
  3. Italian food is loved
  4. the first time an Italian restaurant has
  5. The chef and
  6. He was very emotional when
  7. I want to thank
  8. Our job is all about art
  1. owner
  2. everyone
  3. ceremony
  4. in the kitchen
  5. the food world
  6. he got his award
  7. won the prize
  8. worldwide

Paragraph 2

  1. Winning the award is good
  2. The restaurant is fully booked
  3. People must reserve six months
  4. Customers will fly to Italy to eat
  5. his creative and
  6. traditional
  7. He makes amazing shapes
  8. The chef drops it
  1. ahead
  2. from half a metre
  3. original food
  4. until November
  5. with cheese
  6. for business
  7. ingredients
  8. at the restaurant

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A restaurant in Italy (1) ___________________ of the 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurants award. The (2) _________________ is like the Oscars of the food world. The Osteria Francescana restaurant was (3) ___________________. Italian food is        (4) ___________________, but this is the first time an Italian restaurant has won the prize. The Osteria Francescana came second in 2015. The (5) ___________________ is Mr Massimo Bottura. He was very emotional when he got his award. He said: "I want to thank everyone….Our job (6) ___________________ …in the kitchen."

Winning the award is (7) ___________________. The restaurant is fully booked until November. People (8) __________________ months ahead. Customers will fly to Italy (9) ________________ restaurant. Bottura won for his creative and original food, and (10) ___________________. He makes amazing shapes with cheese that people have never seen before. One of his (11) ___________________ is a dessert called, "Oops, I Dropped the Lemon Tart". The (12) ___________________ half a metre onto a plate.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ArestaurantinItalyisthewinnerofthe2016World's50BestRestaurants
award.TheawardsceremonyisliketheOscarsofthefoodworld.TheOste
riaFrancescanarestaurantwasnamednumberone.Italianfoodisloved
worldwide,butthisisthefirsttimeanItalianrestauranthaswontheprize.
TheOsteriaFrancescanacamesecondin2015.ThechefandownerisMr
MassimoBottura.Hewasveryemotionalwhenhegothisaward.Hesaid:
"Iwanttothankeveryone….Ourjobisallaboutart…inthekitchen."Winni
ngtheawardisgoodforbusiness.TherestaurantisfullybookeduntilNov
ember.Peoplemustreservesixmonthsahead.CustomerswillflytoItaly
toeatattherestaurant.Botturawonforhiscreativeandoriginalfood,and
traditionalingredients.Hemakesamazingshapeswithcheesethatpeo
plehaveneverseenbefore.Oneofhisbest-knowndishesisadessertc
alled,"Oops,IDroppedtheLemonTart".Thechefdropsitfromhalfametr
eontoaplate.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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