It was one of those nights when I wish I understood the Italian language beyond a few standard words.
Earlier this summer, the IMAF Chef's Cup
competition began in Italy with 12 Michelin
starred chefs. Cooking demonstrations took place in Rome, Florence, Parma, Milan, Perugia,
Venice and Viareggio; chefs prepared dishes inspired by works of art.
The IMAF Chef's Cup
concluded at Il Fornaio with the competition narrowed to two competitors and close friends: Chef Rosanna Marziale of Le Colonne Restaurant in Caserta and Chef Stefano Cerveni of Le due Colombe in Corte Franca.
Glasses of Franciacorta prossecco and pieces of grana padano greeted a group of eager (and hungry) guests. After the aperitif hour, Rossella Canevari, the IMAFestival director and writer, introduced the competition and chefs.
Judges included Amy Sherman (Cooking with Amy), Chef Anthony Fossani, (America’s Cup), Liam Mayclem (KPIX CBS’s Foodie Chap), Mauro Cirilli (sommelier of Press Club San Francisco), and Chef Maurizio Mazzon (Il Fornaio). This panel had the tough job of evaluating the chefs' dishes.
The two chefs presented their art-inspired recipes during individual cooking demonstrations; Viola Buitoni served as the official translator. After each demonstration, the chefs presented their dishes to the judges while guests enjoyed each dish.
Chef Stefano Cerveni of Le prepares his dish (bread soup with quail and black truffles) during his cooking demonstration.
Chef Rosanna Marziale demonstrates her first course of spaghetti and San Marzano tomatoes stuffed inside a ball of mozzarella.
A winner is declared: Chef Stefano Cerveni wins the final stage of the competition.
(many thanks to the ladies of Issima Public Relations for the opportunity to attend the event