|Francesco Bellissimo, Italian chef and gastronome, acts as our guide to the creative genius of the island? culinary artisans and their original products. Francesco, who left Italy at the age of twenty-one and spent the next decade in Japan, shares the discoveries he made in his encounters with each island meister. The Seto Inland Sea region is known as Japan? Aegean and Francesco recounts the similarities he sees with Italy as well as the region? uniqueness. As a culinary expert, he offers a fascinating perspective on each master? life work.
||Most Japanese remain ignorant of the countless charms to be found on the islands of the Seto Inland Sea. The passion and skill of island meisters and the delights of local culinary culture as presented through Francesco? eyes represent new discoveries for Japanese people, too. The Island Meister Project introduces the superior quality of the Seto Inland Sea area through master artisans, showcasing their world-class skills, pride and dedication to excellence as well as the rare gems they produce. We see this project as a bridge between the islands and the world, as a means of attracting vast numbers of people who love this region and who appreciate its unique products and the craftsmanship of the masters who create them.