Born May 6, 1974 in Padua, Italy , Massimiliano Alajmo is the fifth generation of restaurateurs on his mother Rita Chimetto’s side. Having worked with Alfredo Chiocchetti, Marc Veyrat and Michel Guerard , Alajmo took over the kitchen at Le Calandre , safeguarding the Michelin star that his mother Rita had received in 1992. In December 1996, Le Calandre was awarded two Michelin stars, thus turning it into the youngest two-star restaurant ever. In a review, Paolo Marchi described Massimiliano Alajmo as a “Mozart of the kitchen.” In November 2002, Alajmo became the youngest chef ever to be awarded three stars. He is also charitably active : together with his brother Raffaele he is one of the founders of the group “The Pleasure of Researching” (Il Gusto per la Ricerca), an organisation that promotes wine and food tasting events to raise funds for infant disease research.