IV FORUM OF ITALIAN CUISINE IN THE WORLD
Vico Equense, Tuscania 8-12 June, 2014
Over 50 cooks, restaurateurs and journalists from around the world will gather in Vico Equense for the IV Forum of Italian Cuisine in the World promoted by itchefs- GVCI, an international network of more than 2,200 members working in 70 countries. The Forum will begin on June 8, 2014 during Festa a Vico organized by Chef Gennaro Esposito. With more than 100,000 restaurants worldwide, the Italian restaurant industry is thriving and providing constant fuel to the Made in Italy engine. Further, Italian restaurants abroad promote tourism in Italy and Italian culture and offer appealing opportunities for skilled employment to thousands of young Italians. The Forum continues at Boscolo Etoile in Tuscania (June 11-12 ), one of Italy’s premier culinary institutions. Forum events will have their official launch in Naples at the Circolo Conottieri on June 8 , during Emergente Sud with Luigi Cremona e Lorenza Vitali.
TOPICS OF DISCUSSION
In the plenary session of the Forum at Vico Equense (June 10) and on Orientation Day in Tuscania (June 11 ) Discussion topics will include how to maintain standards of quality and authenticity of Italian cuisine abroad, defining a model for creating a winning Italian restaurant outside of Italy, and how to protect from rampant, and sometimes unfair competition. At Vico these issues will be discussed with dozens of chefs working in Italy (Each year, the event in Vico attracts more than two hundred professionals from every region). In Tuscania chefs from abroad will speak to an audience of young professionals training at Boscolo Etoile about the opportunities and challenges of working in restaurants abroad.
INTERNATIONAL RISOTTO ACADEMY AND RISOTTO WORLD CONTEST
In Tuscania, June 11-12 The International Risotto Academy, an institution that aims to promote and preserve Risotto as an authentic expression of Italian gastronomic culture, makes its debut. Fifteen chefs from different countries around the world will compete in the Risotto World Contest, including the winners of international qualifiers. The contest will be judged by gastronomic experts (Alberto Lupini, Director, Italia a Tavola) and Michelin-starred chefs (Tano Simonato , Tano passami l’olio, Milan).
PASTA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
A delegation of chefs participating in the IV Forum of Italian cuisine in the World will participate in the Final of the Pasta World Championship in Parma at Academia Barilla, on June 12-13, with 25 finalists working in as many kitchens around the world.
ITALIAN RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD
The growth of Italian restaurants abroad has traditionally been the result of private initiative. At one time it was Italian emigrants, while today it is foreign investors riding the wave of the popularity of Italian cuisine, especially in Asia. These same investors are looking to hire Italian born and trained professionals, chefs and managers for their luxury hotels, etc. With this in mind, it is no surprise that IV Forum of Italian cuisine has no public support and is entirely funded by the collaboration between companies and a network of industry professionals.
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