The Story behind 'San Lorenzo'

Why 'San Lorenzo'?

We, as well as all chefs, have an affinity with St Lawrence, who was born in Spain in the Third Century, became one of seven deacons of Rome and eventually Archdeacon to Pope Sixtus 2.

He was the distributor of alms and “keeper of treasures of the church”. After Pope Sixtus 2 was condemned to death he predicted that St. Lawrence would be martyred three days after him.

The Pope and the other six deacons were beheaded, leaving Lawrence as the ranking Church official in Rome. In preparation of his death St Lawrence sold many of the Churches Possessions and donated the money to the poor.

When the prefect of Rome heard of this, he demanded from Lawrence all the treasures of the Church. The Saint said he would, in three days.

St Lawrence presented to the prefect all the blind, crippled, poor and orphans and said, “Here are the true treasures of the Church; they convert our alms Into Imperishable treasures for us.

Furious, the prefect sentenced St Lawrence to be tied to a red hot griddle and burned to death.

The Saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow fire that roasted his flesh little by little. And with so much strength and joy that he even joked, "Turn me over," he said to the judge. "I'm done on this side!

Lawrence has since been one of the most beloved martyrs of the church, with popes outdoing one another building and enlarging churches on the site of his execution and in other parts of Rome. His relics have been scattered throughout Europe, and a reliquary containing the ashes of his head is displayed at the Vatican for veneration. It goes without saying that he is the patron saint of all chefs.

Read More