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This Year’s Golden Globes Menu Will Be Entirely Gluten-Free

The Beverly Hilton’s executive chef, Alberico Nunziata, prepares a salad for the 75th annual Golden Globes.

It’s that special time of year again—awards season—and soon Hollywood’s glittering flock will be assembling en masse at the Beverly Hilton for the 75th annual Golden Globes. Amid the sea of famous faces on the red carpet and the kaleidoscopic display of sparkling accessories and flowing dresses, there will be a magical feeling in the air. In preparation for Sunday’s celebrity-studded event, a veritable wizard has been hard at work in the iconic hotel’s kitchen—it’s none other than the Beverly Hilton’s executive chef, Alberico Nunziata. With the help of his culinary crew, all bedecked in gleaming white double-breasted jackets, Nunziata has prepared one of the most eye-catching dinners of 2018.

“It’s so exciting! This is the event of the year,” Nunziata tells Vogue. “We need to make sure this old lady looks very beautiful.” Under his careful watch, and that of executive pastry chef Thomas Henzi, the Golden Globes is certainly shaping up to be a stunning affair.


The menu’s ornate Delicata salad, for instance, is a delicious mix of burrata cheese—freshly imported from Italy, Nunziata’s homeland—roasted butternut squash, Taggiasca olives, and Modena’s balsamic vinegar. The Instagrammable first course is topped off with violet garlic flowers, set to make the New Yorkers at the event wistful for spring.

Delicata salad with burrata, squash, and garlic flowers.

For dessert, there will be a coffee-infused Frangelico crème brûlée, gold dusted and draped with a crinoline chocolate swirl. “Cooking is an expression of love and fantasy,” says Nunziata, whose colorful creations will be served to the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, and Nicole Kidman in the coming days. “Each dish is a piece of art for us.”

Coffee-infused Frangelico crème brûlée for dessert.

When it comes to choosing menu items that will appease his high-profile guests, especially on such a glamorous occasion, the Beverly Hills chef says it’s all a balancing act. “Celebrities have very specific diets, and we want to provide good and beautiful food that’s healthy at the same time,” Nunziata explains of the entirely organic and gluten-free dinner—a change he has pioneered this year—that he planned. “Also, for this group, you want to create something that’s healthy and familiar, but not boring.”

Again catering to the glitterati’s varying diets, vegetarian celebs will be able to forgo the main entrée—Chilean sea bass with golden baby beets, yellow squash, and zucchini—to relish a winter black truffle mushroom risotto instead.

Chilean sea bass with golden baby beets, yellow squash, and zucchini.

Amid the flurry of activity in the kitchen, and the hotel at large, the pressure is most certainly on. However, Nunziata, who began preparing the menu for the Golden Globes last year, sounds more excited than anxious this time around—he credits his confidence to the “synergy” he’s built up with his top-notch team over the past months. “I’m Italian, and whenever I’m in the kitchen, I tell my crew to remember to put love into everything they do,” Nunziata says, mentioning that he grew up on a farm in southern Italy. He laughs, recalling what his kitchen family sometimes says when he checks up on their work: “‘I’m putting love, so much love,’ they say.”

The Beverly Hilton’s executive pastry chef, Thomas Henzi, prepares dessert for the 75th annual Golden Globes.

As self-assured as Nunziata is when it comes to organizing the mass-scale, haute dining experience, he admits that whenever he reflects too long on the set of people he’s preparing food for—the main event will include more than 1,400 Hollywood notables—he feels a strange rush of emotions. “You walk around with a stupid smile on your face,” he says. “But we try not to think about it that much, because we’d be too nervous to cook. It’s such an honor.”

As for how at-home spectators should dine while watching the Golden Globes on TV? Nunziata calls for something special. “This year’s event is extremely elegant, so spoil yourself. Don’t do junky,” he recommends. “Try to make a beautiful risotto with a touch of truffle and beach mushrooms.”

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