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The Inspiring Story of ESCP Alumna Carla Ferrari

Author:  Giovanni Gavello, IFBM student Class 2024 and Uva Nuda co-founder

The ESCP MSc in International Food & Beverage Management (IFBM) programme has proven to be a catalyst for transforming the professional mindset of countless individuals, nurturing their entrepreneurial spirit and leading the way for unique career paths. For Carla Ferrari, an ESCP IFBM graduate of 2018, and myself, currently enrolled in the programme, this prestigious university has been instrumental in shaping our journey in the entrepreneurial world. United by our passion for gastronomy and the kitchen, we have embarked on a remarkable path, both working in several Michelin-starred kitchens. Carla’s exceptional journey led her to open the renowned pizzeria, Uagliò, in Torino, which quickly gained recognition as one of the finest in Italy. Moreover, Carla’s recent participation in the esteemed program, Top Chef France, has further solidified her position as a prominent culinary talent.

Fostering Entrepreneurial Excellence

The ESCP MSc in IFBM programme has a unique ability to implant an entrepreneurial mindset, challenging conventional career paths and encouraging individuals to think outside the box. Carla’s experience as an ESCP IFBM alumna ignited her entrepreneurial spirit, enabling her to envision the kitchen as a space for creativity, innovation, and business. This transformative education has empowered her to pursue her passion for gastronomy with an enterprising approach, laying the foundation for her subsequent successes.

Carla Ferrari in the kitchen at Top Chef France

A Shared Culinary Path in Michelin-Starred Restaurants

Carla and I share a profound love for gastronomy and the culinary arts, which became the driving force behind our professional paths. We both embarked on a journey through prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants, refining our skills and expanding our culinary knowledge.

In these renowned establishments, we honed our craft under the guidance of distinguished chefs, assimilating the essence of precision, creativity, and dedication. The experiences gained in these kitchens further reinforced our entrepreneurial spirit, as we witnessed first-hand the importance of attention to detail, impeccable service, and the pursuit of culinary excellence.

Giovanni Gavello in the kitchen with Alex Atala, Enrico Crippa and Massimo Bottura.

Carla’s Stellar Rise: Uagliò and Top Chef France

After graduating from ESCP Business School, Carla transformed her entrepreneurial vision into reality by opening Uagliò, a pizzeria in Torino. Drawing upon her ESCP education and passion for gastronomy, Carla crafted a unique concept that quickly captivated Italian food enthusiasts. Uagliò gained national recognition, being celebrated as one of Italy’s finest pizzerias, a testament to Carla’s exceptional culinary skills.

Carla’s accomplishments did not stop there. Recently, she had the privilege of participating in the highly esteemed culinary program Top Chef France. Competing among some of the world’s most talented chefs, Carla showcased her skills, creativity, and resilience, gaining further acclaim for her culinary finesse.

Carla Ferrari at Top Chef France

Balancing Passion, Work, and Free Time

Passion is the driving force behind our shared journey in the culinary world. However, we have come to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. The demanding nature of the industry necessitates conscious efforts to carve out time for personal well-being and the pursuit of new culinary inspirations.

Beyond the kitchen, Carla and I find solace in exploring diverse cuisines, seeking inspiration from local markets, and connecting with like-minded gastronomy enthusiasts. By nourishing our passion outside of work, we fuel our creativity and continue to evolve as culinary professionals.

Carla’s and my journey are intertwined with our ESCP MSc in International Food & Beverage Management. The MSc in IFBM education and love for gastronomy exemplify the transformative power of an entrepreneurial mindset. ESCP’s emphasis on creativity and strategic thinking nurtured our passion, enabling us to embark on remarkable entrepreneurial paths.

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