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Monday, 17 November 2014

The Vision Behind The #ItalianCuisineWorldSummit & "Latergraming"

As you know the Italian Cuisine World Summit 2014 is well underway here in Dubai, bringing in a whole lot of Italian Cuisine excitement. The summit is all about sharing with you the authentic tradition of Italian Cuisine, as well as updating you with what is new in the world of Italian food. With that said one of the main objectives of the Italian Cuisine World Summit is to show everyone that the Italian cuisine is way more than just pasta, pizza, lasagne and even more than just pomodoro sauce! Yes these are basic components of the cuisine, and yes are the tradition and an important base of the Italian eating experience, however are not the only components as Italian cuisine is huge, regional and very diverse. It is also a cuisine that is hugely developed and contains a contemporary section that is hardly ever explored outside of Italy. Therefore, the organisers of the summit found that it was of great importance to expand people's knowledge of the cuisine beyond what they refer to as 'the international Italian Cuisine'. A world class Italian Cuisine Summit was hence a must and from there the concept was born. 

While this is the 6th edition of the Italian Cuisine World Summit, it is the 2nd in Dubai. Rosario Scarpato, the Director of the summit saw that Dubai is central in location - which allows people from everywhere to easily attend the summit - as well as becoming a city referred to as the Food Capital of the world, he decided to make Dubai the home of this summit. 

What is such an objective and vision without the participation of the utmost experts of Italian cuisine? And how will the summit portray Italy's diverse regional cuisines, the modern interpretations of classic cuisine as well as the unique produce and philosophy behind the cuisines within it without involving all these experts and active members of each category? Hence, the summit organisers saw that by bringing Italy's best Michelin Chefs, food experts and renowned food producers, they will allow everyone to experience the authentic tradition of this world famous cuisine, as well as be exposed to its ever developing side by sampling the creation of Italy's most avant-garde chefs in the form of Michelin menus created by these top-notch Michelin chefs for Dubai to savour. 
To shake things up and make it all more exciting, they went with having these Michelin chefs take over the kitchens of Dubai's favourite and most upscale Italian restaurants. Diners could book a Michelin dinner and experience the chefs' michelin menus at the comfort of their city without having to book flights and travel to the different Michelin restaurants. This way they get to explore all that is new, fine dining and outstanding in Italian cuisine today. 
But that is not it! Since people are trying other food concepts than their classic pastas, lasagnes and pizzas, and should they be interested to learn the techniques behind producing such new Italian concoctions they could do so by attending the masterclasses held at the Emirates Academy where the chefs in turn will demonstrate how they prepared these dishes, all the while telling attendees what inspired their creations, as well as explain their regional cuisines and the regional characteristics of each kitchen. Well if that was not enough, each demonstration is proceeded by a specialised masterclass that covers the topic of the day in depth; like the making of fresh pasta for example, or the art of using dry pasta... or gelatos and semifredos, or even butchery... in the form of "all there is to know". Participants are then free to pick their preferred topic or masterclass to attend, where they will learn from the real masters the essence of the knowledge and ability which these great chefs and experts have spent years researching and practicing to perfect.

Furthermore, and most importantly to the organisers, the summit has another objective that is more focused on Italian cuisine professionals abroad, from chefs to suppliers, as well as writers and editors....etc. Here the focus is more in-depth, more professional and aimed to assist and enhance the performance of these professionals in their jobs. From interacting and first-hand learning from the guest Michelin chefs, to certified courses, expert competitions as well as produce expert courses and updates on all things new. 
The summit organisers find it very important for Italian chefs abroad to keep in touch with their ever developing cuisine and Italian produce as well as to stay reminded of the importance of keeping true to the authenticity of the cuisine and its traditions instead of being diverted into 'international Italian cuisine' or limited to that experience. 

The organisers of the Italian Cuisine World Summit rightfully find that true Italian restaurants have to be true to authentic Italian cuisine. 

This part of the summit included many seminars, training workshops, certified courses as well as in depth explorations of the above. It also included competitions among Dubai's Italian chefs where they were to be judged based on all the above mentioned as well as technical merit, presentation, innovation and overall eating experience.


We all know how I always go on about the importance of authentic cuisines, traditions as base even when we move on to contemporary; as well as understanding and savouring the culture behind food & local cuisines and exploring new cultures, eating experiences and ultimately better understanding areas and people through their food. So it was only natural that I will have a soft spot for such a gathering and concept as  the Italian Cuisine World Summit. 

While I am keeping you posted with all that is taking place, my main objective from the beginning, as ever, is 'the story' and the significance of the experience, which I am compiling for you as we speak. Blogging sometimes forces one to be distracted from the experience in order to cover the event. However in this case, I found that "the later gram" concept is called for, as first and most importantly, I have to experience and compile the story in order for me to tell it fully and justly. So while you guys are hopefully enjoying the Michelin dinners, seminars, events and masterclasses... am running around town following the stories (very stubbornly at times) which are beautifully unfolding and capturing every minute possible. These will be all posted in video for you not to miss anything, also for the least interference on my behalf as I would not want in this case for my voice to shine, but that of these great people and this absolutely unique event that am covering. I will however be sharing my "From Food To Life" take in the form of blog posts here. And of course as you already know I have been updating the daily happenings on my social networks and so on...

So for now here are the restaurant schedules with their Michelin guest chefs for the remaining few days before wrap up. 

If you have not yet experienced this, you really must, truly unique absolutely delightful to culinary travel throughout Italy here in Dubai!

Yalla back soon....