Spotlight on Renata Morassutti by Susannah Grant

This month we talk to Brazilian INC member Renata Morassutti, a former Intellectual Property Lawyer and more recently a Sommelier about her take on living in Lima and Madrid.

  1. What was it like as a Sao Paulo student to move to the US to study Law and then work there?

It was a great experience from both a personal and professional standpoint. I loved the whole university atmosphere and was really impressed with and challenged by the education system and the Socratic method.  Working there was an amazing experience and taught me to be more direct, objective and to build my cases better.

  1. Why did you choose to specialise in Intellectual Property?

I have always been very keen on the arts in all forms, as well as literature and everything related to creations of the human mind. So, as a lawyer, I was interested in protecting these expressions of the soul, fostering creativity and adding value to innovation.

  1. How did you find living in Peru for 4 years prior to coming to Madrid?

We lived in Lima, Peru for 2,5 years and it was a very interesting experience. Peru is a country with a rich and impressive culture and with great gastronomy. Having the chance to learn more about the Incas and visiting their sacred places was unforgettable.

  1. Do you have any stories about adapting to life here in Madrid?

When we arrived in Madrid I had a hard time understanding the Spanish “definition” of morning and afternoon. When I first tried to get a doctors appointment, I specifically asked for a morning appointment (thinking they would offer me something between 8 and noon). To my surprise, they offered me a 1:45pm appointment!

  1. What prompted you to do a Sommelier course in Lima?

I have always loved cooking and all things gastronomical. For me, nothing beats a delicious dish paired with a good wine. So it seemed natural for me to enter this new and enchanting world of wines.

  1. What other interests and hobbies do you like to pursue?

Apart from cooking, baking, and studying wine, I love history, music, knitting and travelling.

  1. What is your secret Madrid?

Since I am half Brazilian/half Italian, my favourite place in Madrid is a small Italian restaurant in the Mercado de La Paz, called “Matteo Cucina Italiana”. The chef used to work for the Italian Embassy and now has this charming little restaurant inside the market. The food is delicious and reminds me of my “Nonna”’s home-cooked food.

  1. Now that you’ve been here for 3 years, what’s unmissable for you in Madrid?

Besides the Mercado de La Paz, I also love the Retiro Park.

  1. Are Brazilians and Spaniards less similar than you thought prior to moving here?

Brazilians and Spaniards are very much alike as a matter of fact.  Our similarity with each other has been a pleasant surprise! 

  1. If you could wave a magic wand what would you do next in your life?

I would love to become a winemaker…Or run a nice little bakery.