Iginio Massari: Italy’s most famous pastry chef

Italy’s most famous pastry chef – in summary

Ignio Massari had fairly humble beginnings, as a worker in a bakery. Through hard work, patience and talent, he has risen to become Italy’s most famous pastry chef. He is known throughout Italy, and across the world, thanks to the many awards he has received and his TV appearances.

Iginio Massari is undoubtedly Italy’s most famous pasty chef across the globe. He first started on the path to excellence and fame at the age of sixteen, at a bakery in his home town of Brescia. Since then he has been the recipient of major awards and has become a familiar face on TV screens on shows such as MasterChef Italia.

Italy’s most famous pastry chef – the beginning

The son of a cook and a canteen manager, Iginio grew up around food and started work at a local bakery when he was still a teenager. He then moved to Switzerland to learn about the art of being a pastry chef. On his return to Italy, Iginio overcame physical problems he had following a serious motorbike accident and continued on his way to becoming Italy’s most famous pastry chef.

Iginio Massari: Italy’s most famous pastry chef

First patisserie and the World Cup of Pastry

After working and studying the art of pastry for many years, Iginio opened his first patisserie, Veneto in Brescia in 1971. This was a joint enterprise with his wife. Twenty-six years later, after many years of building his expertise, Iginio coached the Italian team that competed in the World Cup of Pastry. His many enterprises were recognised with the award of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice.

TV fame for Italy’s most famous pastry chef

Ignio first achieved TV fame when appearing as a judge on MasterChef Italia. He also coached the participants in some of the challenges. Since then he has gone on to feature in shows such as Master pastry chef of France and Iginio Massari – The Sweetman program. These TV appearances have solidified his position as the most famous pasty chef in Italy.