Fil Bucchino is a Florence born, Toronto-bred, ex-punk-rock-playing, documentarian, educator and entrepreneur, who is “Obsessed with Olive Oil.” (The name of the award winning documentary that he hosted and co-produced).
He is one of fifty tasters worldwide enrolled in the International Register of ONAOO Professionals, and appointed by ONAOO to represent the renowned school's first international chapter in Canada in 2017. Fil is one of few international tasters (and only Canadian) registered in the Italian National Directory of Virgin and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Experts at the C.C.I.A.A. of Florence.
He is steady fixture as a judge at international olive oil competitions (Evo IOOC, Orciolo d'Oro, Olive d'Or, CIOOC, Olio Nuovo Days, Olivonomy), Fil collaborates and has taught master classes with many institutions and top culinary personalities, including Yale University, the Italian Trade Commission, Slow Food, MDR (Mediterranean Round Table), the Lebanese Embassy, the Italian and Spanish Chambers of Commerce and Women in Olive Oil. He has lent his expertise to various international olive oil publications, including the Brazilian Olive Oil Guide, El Anuario Olivar Español, Chef Andrea Perini's "Trenta Gocce." and David Neuman's "Extra Virgin Olive Oil: the truth in your kitchen."
In 2016 Fil founded Abandoned Grove producing premium extra virgin olive oil from regenerated groves. Raising awareness and restoring the connection to the olive tree, what it means to the landscape, the heritage, the environment and the well being of a community.
For 20+ years, Fil has been a passionate communicator and an avid promoter of extra virgin olive oil, focusing on education, the art of production, sustainability, and health benefits.
“To me, olive oil embodies the soundtrack of a life well lived.”