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Italian Chefs Success Stories. From Italian Chef to Luxury Hotel Executive Chef

One of the hightlights of the Parma Italian Cuisine in the World Forum was the conference and demo by chefs GIORDANO FAGGIOLI, Executive Chef Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali (Indonesia), ROBERTO MANCINI, Executive Chef Asiana International Hotel, Saigon (Vietnam), VINCENZO PEREZ, Director of Culinary and Brand Development Q-Gourmet, United Arab Emirates, and ANDREA SACCHI, Director of operations – Executive Chef Fullerton Hotel and Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore.

The event was introduced by Rosario Scarpato and Michele Camolei and it included cooking demos by all four chefs.

Giordano Faggioli (photo © Paolo Della Corte-Food Republic)

Roberto Mancini (photo © Paolo Della Corte-Food Republic)

Vincenzo Perez (photo © Paolo Della Corte-Food Republic)

Andrea Sacchi (photo © Paolo Della Corte-Food Republic)

Food and Wine MBA in Bologna: Scholarships

Massimo Bottura surrounded by students

As you know since the establishment of GVCI we are committed to the promotion of Italian cuisine in the world in all its forms. With this in mind, thanks to an agreement between itchefs-GVCI and Alma Graduate University of Bologna, we are promoting their prestigious Master in Food and Wine (with orientation Italian Cuisine). For further info: http://bit.ly/133YKu3

The agreement provides the candidates for the Master presented by members of our network the possibility to receive a partial (10,000 Euros) or total (27,000 euro) scholarship to attend the Master.

If you have colleagues, relatives or friends interested in obtaining one of these Masters (equivalent to secure their future professional in every part of the world) write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The deadline is: July 1 2013.

The courses are taught by highly qualified teachers, with the participation of Italian chefs like Massimo Bottura, Moreno Cedroni and Gennaro Esposito.

Joe Bastianich (center)

Chef Paolo Monti protagonist of a popular TV show in China

Paolo Monti, the Gaia Group Executive and senior itchefs-GVCI associate, and his Shanghai brigade were the protagonists of a famous culinary competition broadcasted by Sohu TV station. Together with his colleagues, all itchefs GVCI associates, Corrado Michelazzo, Marco Busatti and Domenico Cicchetti, they faced a lively and competent Chinese team. The competition was tough and in the end they were defeated (the jury was made exclusively of Chinese guests). However, even with the limited and odd ingredients they had available (the show has an intriguing format that sometimes can penalise western chefs), Chef Monti put together an exquisite five course Italian meal realised without salt and sugar, which he couldn’t keep during the race for ingredients at the beginning of the show. “We realised the ultimate in healthy food within Italian”, he joked at the end of the competition and the audience of the TV liked, given the audience rating the program had. The menu was Sea food carpaccio withegg- goat cheese; Pigeon with tagliatelle; Slow braised veal breast with sweet rice wine and pumpkins puree; Strawberry sorbet with apple and pistachio fried ravioli.


SQUISITO! The First Congress of Italian Cuisine in Latin America

An unprecedented first Congress of Italian Cuisine in America Latina has been announced for the second part of next August. It will be called “Squisito!” and it´s promoted by the network itchefs-GVCI and in particular by some of our most distinguished representatives: celebrity TV chef Donato de Santis, in Buenos Aires, Fricco’s chef owner Sauro Scarabotta in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Roberto Illari, executive chef of Golf 50 in Santiago de Chile. They will have the pleasure of hosting in the three cities some friends and famous colleagues from Italy: Michelin star chefs and famous artisans of typical Italian products that will work together with Italian chefs working in other major Latin-American cities. Dinners, tastings, events, master classes: the aim of Squisito! is to provide only authentic Italian cuisine and quality products together with fashion, design and the typical Italian gioia de vivere. The event will take place in Buenos Aires, it will be launched in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and there will be a post Congress in Santiago de Chile. More news in the next few days. Stay tuned!


Otto e Mezzo Bombana, 39th World´s Best Restaurant

Otto e Mezzo Bombana Hong Kong has been called "A taste of Italian showmanship and superbly executed cuisine" and for this and much more it has been awarded one of San Pellegrino´s World´s Best 50 Restaurants. Otto e Mezzo is the 39th best restaurant and as a part of the world of Italian Cuisine we are proud of such an accomplishment considering Bombana is always true to Italian tradition, with utter refinement, yes, but never loosing touch with what makes Italian cuisine great.

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