Student sociology, University Trento, Italy, 1972.
He first came to prominence in the 1980s for taking part in a campaign against the fast food chain McDonald"s opening near the Spanish Steps in Rome. In 1983, he helped to create and develop the Italian non-profit food and wine association known as Arcigola. Petrini was formerly a political activist in the communist movement Partito di Unità Proletaria.
In 1977, Petrini began contributing culinary articles to communist daily newspapers il manifesto and l"Unità.
He is an editor of multiple publications at the publishing house Slow Food Editore. He has written weekly columns for Louisiana Stampa and is currently a regular journalist on Louisiana Repubblica.
In October 2004, he founded the University of Gastronomic Sciences, a school intended to bridge the gap between agriculture and gastronomy. He was chosen as one of Time magazine"s heroes of the year.
Petrini was proposed for politician roles (as Minister).
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He is now a supporter and member of the Italian Democratic Party (center-left wing).