Pesto Genovese (see its history here) was the official dish of the International Day of Italian Cuisines (IDIC) that took place on Monday January 17, 2011. It was IDIC´s fourth edition: the previous ones celebrated Pasta alla Carbonara, Risotto alla Milanese, Tagliatelle al Ragù Bolognese.
As the past editions, the IDIC was a worldwide celebration of authentic and quality Italian Cuisine, to defend it from bogus and counterfeiting. Hundreds of chefs and restaurateurs all around the world (see the Map) prepared simultaneously on that day Pesto Genovese with pasta, according to an authentic recipe. As in the past, the backbone of the global ola of Pesto Genovese were the GVCI associates in over 40 countries together with hundreds of italian food or just good food lover.
The 2011 IDIC was launched in New York City with two days (12 and 13 January) of great events, hosted by Cesare Casella, Dean of the Italian Culinary Academy and itchefs-GVCI senior member.
Talented chefs from all over the world – leaded by 3 Michelin starred Massimiliano Alajmo of Le Calandre Restaurant (Rubano – PD), who cooked the Gala Dinner for the Italian Cuisine Worldwide Awards - gathered in the Big Apple for a Media and Industry Preview of the worldwide Monday January 17 celebration. There was a video conference with Genova, where the IDIC was launched in Italy, and Singapore, where a sister event was held at Forlino Restaurant hosted by Guest Master Chef Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana, Modena, n. 6 in the 50 Best World Restaurant). On January 17, during the Pesto Genovese ola, there were special events in various cities, organised by itchefs-gvci senior members: Pietro Rongoni in Moscow, Elena Ruocco and Francesco Carli in Rio De Janeiro, Giulio Vierci in Sapporo and Donato De Santis in Buenos Aires.
Itchefs-gvci chefs celebrating in Beijing (sent by Marino D'Antonio)
As an important part of this year´s IDIC celebration there was the qualification round of the World Pesto Genovese Championship made with a mortar. Both chefs and food lovers were able to participate in these events in: New York City, Genova, Moscow, Sapporo, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. For more information, please check our Program.
The International Day of Italian Cuisines is born from a mission: "we certainly aim at educating worldwide consumers, but more than anything else, we want to protect their right to get what they pay for when going to eateries labelled as "Italian", that is: authentic and quality Italian cuisine." says Rosario Scarpato, GVCI Honorary President, and IDIC 2011 Director.
Pesto Championship 2011 in Sapporo (Japan) and Buenos Aires (Argentina)