For Freddy Illi, food is much more than just a means to sustain life. As a boy he liked to spend time in the kitchen, helping his mother. He took an apprenticeship as a chef – and even during his 34 years as a sales representative for a large food company, the passion never left him: “Once food, always food. I couldn’t have sold insurance,” says the 68-year-old.
So it’s no wonder that Freddy Illi is still doing things with food even after retiring. He took over a street stall selling roasted chestnuts from a fellow rifle club member, and has been running it from October to February for the past six years. He takes it seriously, but keeps it firmly in perspective: “In the morning I need some time for gardening or going to the gym. And if I’m not feeling well, the stall stays closed.”