Magazine article Variety

Gabriele RUBINI

Magazine article Variety

Gabriele RUBINI

Article excerpt

CLAIM TO FAME:

Italy's Gabriele Rubini, aka Chef Rubio, a heavily tattooed former rugby player, is scoring stellar ratings on Discovery Channel Italia's DMax station with street-food show "Unti e Bisunti" (Greasy and Greasier), in which he travels the Italian peninsula extolling the sensual pleasures of tasty treats like fried pizza, tripe panini and stewed frogs, all of which he eats with his hands.

SCHOOL DAYS

"I've always loved food viscerally since I was a child, but I didn't see it as a career," Rubini, 30, recounts. Gradually, he decided to abandon rugby to attend Italy's renowned Gualtiero Marchesi cooking school. "But I've also washed dishes, I've diced onions, I've worked my way up, which I think is necessary in any career."

SOCIAL SATIRE

Chef Rubio started making YouTube videos that made fun of Italian celebrity chefs and their shows. …

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