Just as the World Cup kicked off, other equally passionate fans crowded today Academia Barilla’s auditorium to coronate Luca Torricelli as champion of the third edition of the 2014Pasta World Championship. Luca is chef of “L’Argentino Restaurant” in Lugano (Swizterland), with the recipe "Spaghetti Sicily prawns with Mojito". The prize was awarded by a jury of internationally renowned food professionals, leaded by Gianluigi Zenti, Director of Academia Barilla.
Luca Torricelli was awarded by Paolo Barilla, Vice President of the Barilla Group, who commented: "Pasta has always been one of the world’ most loved food. We have many chefs around the world, most of them of Italian origin, who are the greatest ambassadors of our cuisine. The idea of this championship is to make this product even more popular in the world, as a symbol of our identity and culture.''
Luca prevailed over three other finalists: Giorgio Nava, winner of the 2013 edition and chef of “95 Keroom”, in Cape Town, South Africa, with the recipe "Cape Town Peppadew meets the best of Parma"; Armando Capochiani, of “Pasta Fresca da Salvatore”, in Shanghai, with "Rigatoni with creamy smoked cheese and white truffle"; Giuseppe Zanotti, a consultant for several restaurants in Malta, with "Orecchiette, smoked potato velvet sauce, pork sausage, dill essence, violet potato chips".
The four finalists emerged during the preliminary stage which was attended by 27 international chefs from 23 countries. The chefs run among the best Italian restaurants in the world, with an important role as ambassadors of Italian gastronomic culture. The Academia Barilla’s two days were characterized by an atmosphere of professionalism combined with creative fervor, which have seen the various competitors, and the jury as well, engaged in the debate on how to promote authentic Italian cuisine. Chefs and food experts from around the world debated how to defend Italian cuisine against counterfeiting and enhance the ability of market promotion of Italy’s food products.
Pasta World Championship 2014