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Piazza creates the Padella d'Argento to reward the gvci chef of the year

PIAZZA PADELLA d'ARGENTO

A special shining silver pan, Padella d'Argento, has been created by Piazza, the Italian manufacturer of saucepans, kitchenware and tableware, to award GVCI's Chefs of the year. This symbolic award was created two years ago by Mario Caramella, GVCI's President, to honour annually distinguished chefs belonging to the Group. While it is not a culinary award, it is certainly recognition of the professionalism of the chef nominated but, above all, it is an award for his/her humanity. It is a way to recognise Italian chefs, members of the GVCI, who offer their talents and skills to better the life of others, displaying tolerance, understanding, compassion and bravery. It's not by chance that Mario Caramella and the GVCI Board dedicated the prize to the memory of Antonio Amato, a Neapolitan chef belonging to GVCI, who was killed by terrorists in Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia) in 2004. The 2007 Cuoco GVCI dell'Anno (GVCI chef of the year) was Vincenzo Perez, who as Executive Chef of the Hotel Phoenicia Intercontinental in Beirut, decided to work and stay in Lebanon in 2006, despite the civil war. Vincenzo at that stage thought that it was the correct way to compensate for what that country and its people had given to him. He left Lebanon when the situation improved and is now Corporate Executive Chef of The Pearl, in Doha (Qatar).

Vincenzo Perez Padella d'Argento Alessandro Colombis Padella d'argento

 

The 2008 Cuoco GVCI dell'Anno is Alessandro Colombis, who up to a few months ago was the Italian Chef at Va Bene Restaurant in Shanghai (China). He left his job to go to work as a volunteer in Cambodia at the Hotel Hospitality School Don Bosco in Sihanukville. The school, founded by Roberto Panetto, Father Carlo Velardo and their Salesian bothers, is open to poor boy and girls of the city. Alessandro, who is a GVCI Vice President too, answered an appeal launched by Father Velardo, a GVCI member himself, through the Forum and will stay in Cambodia for eight months.
Both Vincenzo and Alessandro received the Piazza's Padella d'Argento. The manufacturer is preparing a big one as well to exhibit in Fairs and Public Events, on which all the GVCI Chefs of the year will be listed. Enrico Piazza is himself a GVCI member.

 

 
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