New Delhi [India]December 4 (ANI/NewsSee): The 5th edition of World Italian Food Week (WWIC) in India officially kicked off on November 23. The culinary extravaganza was organized by a multitude of entities, including the Italian Embassy in New Delhi, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian Trade Agency, the Consulates General in Mumbai and Calcutta, the Chamber of Commerce Indo-Italian, in collaboration with high profile partners including Gambero Rosso, DIVA, ALMA Italian Cooking School, International Institute of Cooking Arts (IICA) and Future Food Institute (FFI).
The show covered a packed schedule of digital events which were streamed on the Italian Embassy in New Delhi’s social media @italyinIndia. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s theme focused on “home cooking” and featured a mini-series dedicated to traditional cooking. The series was created by ALMA and IICA and featured Italian and Indian grandmothers as well as young chefs who revisited traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. This was done primarily to promote traditional dishes with a modern palate.
As part of WWIC, the embassy organized a home cooking challenge and sent a kit containing authentic Italian ingredients and the recipe for the dish “Spaghetti al Pomodoro” to selected people in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. Participants had to prepare the dish using the ingredients and recipe they were given.
To be considered a contestant, entrants had to submit 3 separate videos as their entries. The first video was their self-introduction and thoughts on Italian cuisine and WWIC in India, the second video was to show the cooking process and the crucial moments of preparing the dish and the third video was to show the table setting and the time of tasting. Five participants were shortlisted and were invited to the Italian Embassy in New Delhi for a Grand Final Cook-off and a ‘Non-Gala Dinner’ which was launched to reward the best Spaghetti al Pomodoro prepared by these 5 cooks home preselected.
One of the highlights of the WWIC events in India was an insightful and interesting conversation between Ambassador Vincenzo De Luca, food expert Pushpesh Pant and Future Food Institute President Sara Roversi.
The program of events for the week has been enriched by the initiative of the Italian Commercial Agency with a video created with the support of chef Ritu Dalmia of the DIVA restaurant on the preparation of Gnocchi alla Sorrentina. The ITA has also prepared a short collection of recipes for the preparation of traditional Italian dishes and a guide for importing agri-food products into India.
In addition to launching a competition to select 20 people who would cook recipes live with Ritu Dalmia, the Italian Cultural Institute also created dishes from the cookbook “Science in the kitchen and the art of eating well” to celebrate the life of its author Pellegrino Artusi. Another interesting show within the framework of the event was a special program celebrating the centenary year of the birth of legendary Italian director Federico Fellini. On this occasion, the Italian Institute of Culture oversaw the creation of video recipes inspired by Fellini’s Oscar-winning films.
“Similar to India, Italian cuisine is also known for its regional specialties. You will notice the variation in food preferences when traveling from north to south. For Italy and India, food traditions are extremely important and a A common factor that binds these two countries together is the fact that home cooking plays a central role in Italian and Indian homes. We wanted to dedicate this World Italian Food Week to home cooking, especially because today, in this difficult time it is widely practiced in spirit, I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the participants of the Spaghetti al Pomodoro contest and wish everyone ‘Buona settimana della cucina Italiana in India’,” said the ambassador Vincenzo de Luca about the event.
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