On January 13 Guest Chefs Chicco and Bobo Cerea (Da Vittorio Restaurant, Brusaporto - Bergamo), assisted by Naruse Fumiaki, cooked the 2010 IDIC Gala Dinner at the ICA (click here to see the menu). Chicco & Bobo, who recently were awarded their third Michelin star, cooked a menu that was an ideal bridge between the Italian culinary traditions and its contemporary, simple and authentic interpretation.
40 VIP guests were welcomed by Dorothy Hamilton, the International Culinary Centre Director, and Cesare Casella. Mario Caramella, GVCI´s President, and Rosario Scarpato, IDIC 2010 Director and GVCI´s Honorary President, with the presence of Dr Francesco Talò, Italian Consul General in New York. It was Dr Talò who officially introduced the 2010 edition of the International Day of Italian Cuisines and announced the 2010 Italian Cuisine Worldwide Awards in recognition of particular people in different countries around the world who have distinguished themselves in their dedication to spreading genuine Italian oenogastronomic culture. Among them, US based Lidia Bastianich and Sirio Maccioni, legendary American personalities, who were present at the dinner and gave two memorable speeches. For the occasion Mario Caramella presented Gianfelice Guerini, Ferrari Formula 1 team chef, with the GVCI chef of the year 2010, consisting of a silver pan made by Piazza. Paolo Monti, GVCI Forum Moderator and one of the organizers of the Hong Kong Italian Cuisine Asia Summit, joined Mario and Rosario as part of the official GVCI delegation. Among the guests coming from Italy there was Alberto Lupini, the director of “Italia a Tavola” Magazine.