Enter our prize draw to win one of 20 hampers of fabulous Italian products courtesy of the exhibitors at Identita London. To be in with a chance, pre-register for the event by contacting email@example.com quoting "Caterersearch". In addition, the organisers of IdentitaLondon are offering a dinner for two at a Heinz Beck's Apsleys Restaurant at the Lanesborough hotel, London as a prize draw for pre-registered attendees
Vinopolis, Southbank, London, 7 and 8 June 2010
WATCH INTERVIEWS WITH THE CHEFS AT IDENTITA LONDON 2010
Now in its second year, IdentitÁ London is an annual international gastronomic congress held at London's Vinopolis. Founded by Italian food editor Paolo Marchi, Identita London is based on Identita Golose which was founded six years ago by Marchi.
"I wanted to create an event where chefs could really exchange ideas and develop their cooking," he told Caterer earlier this year, adding that until recently Italian chefs were very protective of their innovations and tended to squabble publicly about which culinary methods were the best.
"It's not just that each region believes passionately that it is better than others; it is that every town has its own peculiarities in how something is prepared," he says. Marchi feels that ultimately such attitudes were detrimental to the image of Italian food. "In France, chefs represent French cooking to the rest of the world, in much the same way as a beautiful model sells clothes" he says. "If they quarrel, they do it privately."
Such is the success of Identita Golose in Italy, that after a trial run in London last year, Marchi and his business associate, Claudio Ceroni, have decided to hold an annual Identita London as well. It will take place on 7 and 8 June this year.
The focus of the 2010 congress will be themed around Á¢ÂÂThe Luxury of SimplicityÁ¢ÂÂ, which centres on creatively being driven from the ingredient and its seasonality. It will showcase the creation of dishes using less celebrated produce that require the intuition and creativity of the chefs, as well as their skill and artistry, to elevate the flavours of each component ingredient. This reflects the growing international trend towards more simple and natural cuisines, with a growing emphasis on specific raw foods.
- Daniel Patterson, Coi, San Francisco
- Wylie Dufresne, WD50, New York
- Alex Stupak, WD50, New York
- David Chang, Momofuku, New York
- Alvin Leung, Bo Innovation, Hong Kong
- Alexandre Gauthier, La Grenouillere, Montreuil-sur-Mer, France
- Ashley Palmer-Watts, the Fat Duck, Bray, Berkshire
- Sat Bains, Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms, Nottingham
- Jason Atherton, Maze, London
- Heinz Beck, Apsley, London & La Pergola, Rome
- Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana. Modena
- Gennaro Esposito, Torre del Saracino, Naples
- Davide Scabin, Combal Zero, Turin
- Niko Romito, Reale, LÁ¢ÂÂAquila
- Andrea Berton, Trussardi alla scala, Milan
- Chicco & Bobo Cerea, Da Vitttorio, Bergamo
Marchi commented, Á¢ÂÂAfter the astounding success of IdentitÁ London 2009 Á¢ÂÂ" the first IdentitÁ venture outside Italy Á¢ÂÂ" IÁ¢ÂÂm delighted that chefs from New York to Hong Kong are joining us to celebrate this yearÁ¢ÂÂs theme, The Luxury of Simplicity. This of course will be underpinned by the core spirit of the congress Á¢ÂÂ" as an ambassadorial platform to promote the depth and diversity of Italian cuisine beyond its association with pizza and pasta.Á¢ÂÂ
As well as the main stage events, the venue will also exhibit a selection of
specialist artisan producers, showcasing the very best in Italian produce,
wines and spirits.
To ensure complimentary entrance please register with firstname.lastname@example.org
IdentitÁ London is a trade congress, however tickets for the general public are
available to buy online Á¢ÂÂ" www.identitalondon.com