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Grana Padano

Italian Cuisine Worldwide Awards 2010


Onno Kleyn

Food writer and critic, Onno Keyn has possibly been the most qualified connoisseur of the Italian culinary culture in the Netherlands for long time now. His fame, which exudes copiously from his books and articles, is based on a thorough knowledge of Italy, its food and wine, its places, its history and traditions. What makes Onno special, however, is his commitment to educate the Dutch to recognize the best of Italian cultural expressions in the Netherlands, a country in which too often establishments providing Italian cuisine have been in the hands of unscrupulous, not to mention, incompetent operators.


Giacomo Gallina, Milano, ITALY

Giacomo Gallina

Giacomo has recently returned to Italy, to work as Executive Chef in the ultra-trendy Gold restaurant by Dolce & Gabbana in Milan. He spent a good part of his career outside Italy and has left his mark around the world when he worked in top restaurants in many countries, including South Africa, France, in the US and Singapore. Most importantly, though, Chef Gallina, who has a humble and down-to-earth approach, is the highly regarded Master for dozens of Italian Chefs now working around the world. Besides managing Gold kitchens, Giacomo is also the consultant chef and food designer for many culinary establishments in Italy and is GVCI vice president


Roland Schuller, HONG KONG

Roland Schuller

Austrian born, based in Hong Kong, in 2009 Roland Schuller attained some of the greatest achievements open to chefs of Italian Cuisine. Besides being awarded the Michelin star last year – the only Italian restaurant in town to sport it – and succeeding with his new venture, the Drawing Room, he definitively confirmed his profile as a chef with a deep knowledge of both Italian culinary traditions and history, regardless of being neither born nor raised in Italy. The years he spent in Italy at the helm of one of the most renowned Italian restaurants and the partnership with his partner/colleague, Umberto Bombana, have been of fundamental importance for his career and today Roland is an example to be followed by the thousands of chefs and restaurateurs around the world, who want to open and/or run an Italian restaurant despite being neither born nor trained in Italy. His uncompromising commitment to tradition and to Italian ingredients of excellence is worth an unreserved praise by all Italian food lovers.


Maurizio Uggé, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Maurizio Uggé

Former top manager of an important Italian food business, Maurizio went to live in Australia in 1993. As a manager of a long operating importer of Italian products, above and beyond the commercial results he achieved, he contributed significantly to generate a cultural change towards Italian wines in Australia, from the cheap Chianti in raffia-covered bottles and the even cheaper anonymous Lambrusco in 1.5 litre flagons (regarded as the norm on Australian supermarket shelves and beverage shops) to the great variety and quality of today’s offer. Many Australian importers have followed his example and today his firm alone has a portfolio of over 350 wines from wineries such as Domenico Clerico, Planeta, Argiolas and Ca’ del Bosco.


Jamie Oliver, London, UNITED KINGDOM

Jamie Oliver

I should have been Italian. There is such diversity in lifestyles, cooking, traditions and dialects. This is why, as a chef, I find this country so exciting…”  These words of Jamie Oliver, the popular TV chef, rightly depict the deep attachment to Italy and its cuisine that the English TV Chef has had since the beginning of his career. Hundreds of thousands of TV viewers worldwide have been introduced to authentic Italian cuisine through Jamie Oliver’s words, recipes and dishes.  His commitment to Italian cuisine was particularly strong in 2009, with the further development of Jamie’s Italian venture in the UK, with the opening of many restaurants that use excellent made-in-Italy products at an affordable price. This commitment is scheduled to continue in 2010 in both England and Asia.

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