A unique gastronomic convention, the Italian Cuisine World Summit, took place in Hong Kong (from November 2nd through 7th) (click here to see the program). Some of the world’s biggest names in Italian Cuisine were the protagonists of a weeklong event dedicated to celebrating excellence of food, wine and cuisine made in Italy.
Promoted by the global network itchefs-gvci (Virtual Group of Italian Chefs) and by the 15 best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong (plus one in Macau and in Shenzhen), the Summit was an amazing showcase of culinary talents, flavours and products. Thirty five top Italian cuisine master chefs, many of them Michelin-starred, came from Italy, New York, Rio De Janeiro, Moscow and Asian capitals, to lead the Summit. They prepared special lunches and dinners, run master cooking classes and offerd product tastings in their hosting restaurants, in the Towngas Cooking School, in specialty shops and in the Italian Pavilion (Vinitaly China) at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair (4-6 November).
“Authentic Italian Cuisine is delicious and healthy and for this reason is increasingly fashionable around the world”, said Rosario Scarpato, the Director of the Summit. Not by chance it has become one the most beloved cuisines in Asia only after the local ones, and Hong Kong is the gateway to Asia for quality foodstuffs and wines coming from Italy. “This World Summit is a tribute to Hong Kong and to the discerning Italian food lovers of this unbelievable city”, said Paolo Monti, executive Chef at Hong Kong Gaia Restaurant and Culinary supervisor of the Summit.
Among the Guest Master Chefs of the Summit (click to see the profiles) were Michelin starred chefs from Milano and Lombardia, including Claudio Sadler, Philippe Leveillé, Enrico Bartolini, Andrea Tonola, Gaetano Simonato, and from Piemonte: Marco Sacco, Giovanni Grasso, Igor Macchia, Sergio Vineis and Pier Bussetti. Big names in Italian Cuisine came from other parts of the world as New York (Cesare Casella and Mark Ladner, who recently was awarded the 4 stars by the New York Times), Rio De Janeiro (Francesco Carli) and Moscow (Pietro Rongoni). “They joined many other chefs and restaurateurs from all over the world that came to Hong Kong to celebrate itchefs-GVCI network´s 10th anniversary”, said Mario Caramella, executive chef in Bali and president of GVCI.
The opening of the Summit took place on November 2 with a Gala Dinner (Kowloon Shangri La Hotel- check soon for more images and info on the successful Gala Dinner) entirely dedicated to the Northern Italian region of Piemonte and to the most aristocratic and irresistible of its food products: the white truffle. Check the full program of the event.