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Chef Lombardi (Istanbul) Receives Presidential Award from Italian Government

The Italian government has awarded Chef Antonio Carmine Lombardi the Stella al Merito del Lavoro which comes with a new title, Maestro del Lavoro. This prestigious award recognizes Italian citizens who have distinguished themselves through outstanding skill, hard work, and moral conduct. Chef Lombardi, who is currently based in Istanbul, is Corporate Executive Chef of the Turkish Group Mezzaluna. He began his international career while still performing his military service in Alexandria. After a short stint in Milan working at the Tuscan restaurant, Delfino, he got his first big break in New York at the restaurant Paper Moon in 1989. In 1997 he accepted an offer from Giorgio Armani to open the Emporio Armani Caffé in Istanbul where he served as Executive Chef. It was during that period that he became a television and media personality in Italy and abroad collaborating with local and foreign magazines, newspapers, and television outlets. In 2007 he began working as Executive Chef for Mezzaluna, heading 8 restaurants and 130 cooks and plans for significant growth in the near future.

Itchefs congratulates Chef Lombardi for this great and well-deserved honour!



Gennaro Miele (owner) and Giuseppe De Stefano (Executive Chef) continue to wrack up awards for La Pizza, Pizzeria and Restaurant in Beijing. Most recently, they were recognized by City Weekend Magazine for Best Pizza in Beijing Readers’ Choice Awards (Dining and Nightlife) and Best Buffet Editor’s pick. They were also rewarded by The Beijinger, for Outstanding Italian Pizza as part of their Readers’ Restaurant Awards. Long known as the home to authentic Naples Pizza and Italian cuisine in Beijing, it is no surprise that La Pizza should be recognized yet again!


itchefs' Luigi Magni Moves to Uilliams in Moscow

Long time itchefs-GVCI associate Luigi Magni is now in Moscow after being appointed Chef at the famous Italian eatery Uilliams, owned by Chef Uilliam Lamberti.

Luigi has had extensive experience abroad working in Tokyo and China with two Michelin-starred Chef Marco Sacco with whom he also worked at Piccolo Lago Mergozzo. Before joining Uilliam, Luigi worked with Tonino Cannavacciuolo at Villa Crespi.


Luca Toricelli is Pasta World Champion


Twenty-seven Italian chefs working in 23 countries met at Academia Barilla for the third edition of the contest.

The results are in from this year's Pasta World Championship organized by Academia Barilla in collaboration with itchefs-GVCI.

Congratulations are in order for Chef Luca Torricelli, of L'Argentino in Lugano, Switzerland for his "Spaghetti con gamberi rossi di Sicilia al Mojito" which helped him beat out 26 contenders for this year's title.

The top-ranking finalists included reigning champion (2013) Chef Giorgio Nava, as well as Chef Armando Capochiani, and Chef Giuseppe Zanotti.

For highlights and photo gallery, click here.


Marrone and itchefs-GVCI: new partnership

Last June Marrone supported the IV Italian Cuisine in the World Forum promoted by itchefs-GVCI. The Forum brought professionals from around the world to Vico Equense to discuss the future of Italian cuisine and what should be done to use it to create great opportunities for young people. Marrone is proud to work alongside Chefs and operators who strongly affirm that the future of our cuisine can count on a solid and concrete basis and continue to make use of the best technology and innovation, the undisputed characteristics of the Italian industry.

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