The Italian Almanac


The Yummy Exposition

Italians do it better, according to judges at this year's Sigep, the International Exposition for Artisan Gelato, Pastry, Confectionery and Bakery production held in the Adriatic town of Rimini.

Thirteen nations competed at this year's 33rd edition. Representatives from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Morocco, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the USA competed by creating delicacies to express the theme Fruits of the Earth and the Sea. Each nation chose five professionals as representatives included a team manager, captain ice cream maker, pastry chef, ice sculptor and for the first time this year, a chef. Over four days contestants challenged each other, putting in 2,500 hours of working, cooking and creating.

Gelato maestro from the Friuli region Leonardo Ceschin posted on his social network that the idea of entering a competition without knowing the ingredients was an "intriguing undertaking" that he did with great pleasure. The 60-year-old ice-cream maker, whose shop Esquimau has long been a point of reference in his home town of Pordenone, won the gold in the Gelato category. Other winners were Ernst Knam from Milano for his chocolate sculpture, Francesco Falasconi from the town of Tavullia near Rimini for his ice sculpture and chef Filippo Novelli from Turin.