Gabriele Corcos left medical school to chase the dream of being a musician. He travelled to Brazil, Cuba and Morocco to play drums. Ended up in California becoming a celebrity chef and television personality. Opened a restaurant in New York. Married a well known actress. And now, he has packed up his Brooklyn home to return with his wife and two daughters to the the Tuscan village he grew up in near Florence to become a hotelier. Think Renaissance man. In this 2 part series, host David Kepron talks with Gabriele Corcos about the path back to his home town, what his career has taught him and the future of the food and hospitality industries.
ABOUT GABRIELE CORCOS:
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gcorcos/
"Super Tuscan": https://www.amazon.com/Super-Tuscan-Heritage-Recipes-Pleasures/dp/150114359X/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&hvadid=77653071690874&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=tuscan+gun&qid=1607035612&sr=8-2&tag=mh0b-20
"Extra Virgin": https://www.amazon.com/Extra-Virgin-Recipes-Tuscan-Kitchen/dp/0385346050/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&hvadid=77653071690874&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=tuscan+gun&qid=1607035666&sr=8-3&tag=mh0b-20
When I think “Renaissance man” I have images in my head of sculptors, painters, physicians, inventors… people like Leonardo, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo - all worked in Florence about 20 km away from my guest’s hometown.
I don’t often think of James Beard award winning celebrity chef and restaunteur, a multi book New York Times best-selling list author, An Italian Military Academy student who decided that studying medicine wasn’t for him and went off to Morocco, Brazil and Cuba to study drums, who also loves to ride Duccati’s, has some pretty serious leaves (as in tattoos), was also Knighted in 2019 and who you can now see often on Instagram doing ‘lives’ with his wife Debi Mazar cooking up a festival of food from the kitchen of their Brooklyn home.
That said, I do think about somebody who is on a continual search for the NXTLVL and not afraid of being reborn - in the true sense of the word “Renaissance.” Someone like Gabriele Corcos who seems to be in a continual search for filling his life with the adventure of the unknown.
ABOUT DAVID KEPRON:
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