Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the MS Paul Gauguin, has announced that celebrity Chef Massimo Capra will join The Gauguin's Tahiti & the Society Islands voyage on September 23, 2017, for a lecture and culinary demonstration, along with meet-and-greet photo opportunities.
Capra began his culinary career in a trattoria near Venice before bringing his talents to the hotel industry in northern Italy. He then relocated to Toronto, Canada, where he eventually became an acclaimed chef at Prego della Piazza restaurant, where he remained for nine years.
In 2010, his empire expanded when he licensed his name to the Rainbow Room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. More recently, he became chef/brand owner at Boccone Trattoria Veloce and Boccone Pronto at Perason Airport in Toronto and of Soprafino Restaurant at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. Last year, he opened Capra's Kitchen, a casual Italian eatery in his hometown of Mississauga, Ontario.
Capra is also a cookbook author. Three Chefs: The Kitchen Men, which he co-wrote with Michael Bonacini and Jason Parsons, took the gold in cookbook category of the Canadian Culinary Book Awards (now called Taste Canada - The Food Writing Awards). He is also the author of One Pot Italian Cooking and serves as the editor for Canadian Home Trends Magazine.
On Canadian TV, Capra hosts his own show, Gourmet Escapes, is a regular guest expert on CityLine talk and lifestyle show, chef host of Restaurant Makeover on the Food Network and now a judge on Chopped Canada.