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“Extra virgin olive oil embodies the soundtrack of a life well lived.”

- Fil Bucchino

Fil Bucchino

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 he hosted and co-produced).

He is one of three tasters in North-America and one of 31 worldwide accredited in the ONAOO International Register of Professionals and appointed by ONAOO (the oldest and most respected olive oil tasting school) to represent their first international chapter in Canada in 2017. Fil is a member (and only Canadian) of the Italian National Directory of Virgin and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Experts a tasting panel member of the CCIAA of Florence, Italy.

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." As well as being a steady fixture as a judge at international olive oil competitions.

Fil founded Abandoned Grove, with the vision of "no grove abandoned".