Guides, bloggers, food-lovers and critics consider Marco Stabile, head chef at Ora d'Aria restaurant on via Ghibellina, one of the most important chefs in Florence. His restaurant has grown with patience and dedication; sustained and promoted by proprietor Luca Bellandi, and by his own excellent work. We invited him to talk to us about life as a Tuscan chef, and he joined us in The Florentine's press office one sweltering afternoon after returning from Scarperia, where he had been checking on the progress of some of the knives he designs. Despite the heat, he immediately started talking about how the profession encourages young chefs to travel to grow, experiment, open their minds and try many kitchens and many different countries. We picked up the conversation form there.