Beppe Bigazzi is dead | The HuffPost


Beppe Bigazzi died in Arezzo. Journalist and gastronomy expert, with a very important past as manager of leading companies, a face loved by the general public for "La Prova del Cuoco" with Antonella Clerici of which, in 2000, she also became co-host. Born in Valdarnese, Bigazzi, 86, had been fighting a serious illness for some time.

The announcement of the disappearance was given by the friend chef Paolo Tizzanini, of the restaurant L'Acquolina di Terranuova Bracciolini, the town where Bigazzi was born on January 20, 1933. Tizzanini, with whom Bigazzi had conducted a program on Alice TV, wrote on Facebook: "After a ceremony I inform you of the loss of a brotherly friend, a great man in every sense".

VIDEO – "We cook cats". The release that costed Bigazzi the suspension

Bigazzi began to devote himself to his passion for gastronomy, taking care of the 'Places of Delight' column in the newspaper 'Il Tempo' from 1997 to 1999, and in 1997 he published the book 'La Natura as Chef' which won the 'Verdicchio d 'gold.
On TV he edited from 1995 to 2000 the ‘The shopping bag’ column within the Unomattina program on Rai1 and from 2000 he participated in the “Prova del Cuoco” together with Antonella Clerici, always on the same channel. In 2010 he was suspended from the transmission for the quotation of the proverb "In Berlingaccio those who have no fat kill the cat" live, a phrase that outraged many viewers.
He later switched to Sky, on the Alice channel, where he was co-host of the program "Bischeri and bischerate". In 2013 he returned to the "Prova del cuoco" and then left it for good.

Few people know that Bigazzi had worked at the Bank of Italy in the 1960s and then at Eni. In 1968 he was appointed deputy general secretary of the Committee of Ministers for the South as well as a member of various inter-ministerial committees for economic planning until 1970.
Awarded in 1968 as Commander of Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, he was also general manager and managing director of Lanerossi, president of various companies such as Gepi, Maserati, Innocentie Tirsotex and managing director of Agip Petroli.

It is known to the public above all for having supported Antonella Clerici in conducting the Cook's Test. In 2010 he was suspended from the broadcast due to animalist protests: during an episode he quoted a Tuscan proverb which literally means "fat Thursday who has no meat left to eat feeds on the cat".

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