Today marks the start of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, now in its seventh edition.
The theme for 2022 is “Conviviality, Sustainability and Innovation: The Ingredients of Italian Cuisine for the Health of Individuals and the Protection of the Planet”. The Italian institutions in the UK (the consulates and cultural institutes in London and Edinburgh, the Italian Trade Agency, the Italian Tourism Board, the Chamber of Commerce and the Accademia della Cucina), coordinated by the Embassy of Italy in London, have put together a programme comprising many events.
“What we are preparing to launch is the seventh edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, but my first as Ambassador of Italy in the UK” – said Ambassador Inigo Lambertini on this important yearly initiative. He added,“This yearly week for the promotion of Italian Cuisine, which engages the entire Italian diplomatic network, is the principal opportunity for the promotion of Italian excellence in the culinary and agri-food sectors, which enables us once more to promote the best of Made in Italy”.
“The theme chosen for this year, ‘Conviviality, Sustainability and Innovation’, reminds us that the promotion of Made in Italy in the culinary field meets many of the issues and challenges of the times we live in. The respect of the land and of the sustainability of the food chain, in the broader context of Italy’s effort to safeguard the environment, is a strength of Italy’s agri-food and hospitality sectors. Hospitality, which goes hand in hand with conviviality, was put to the test in recent years due to the pandemic.
Finally, innovation, intended both as a spirit of new culinary creation that many people discovered during the lockdowns, but especially in terms of technological progress and new approaches for improving the production and distribution processes in agri-food, represents sectors in which Italy plays, without a doubt, a leading role.”
The Week of Italian Cuisine starts on Monday 14th November with a “Gala event of the UK Professional Association of Italian Cooks (Associazione Professionale Cuochi Italiani-UK), with an award ceremony for excellence shown in the UK-based Italian culinary sector, which is organised with the aforementioned association and the UK Confederation by Confassociazioni.
On the 15th of November, there will be a talk, organised by the Italian Trade Agency, on the supply chain in the fruit and vegetable sector, for students of the course on nutrition at the University of West London. The focus of the talk will be on sustainable Italian products.
Wednesday the 16th of November, two live cooking events with renowned chefs will take place.
The first, organised by the Italian Trade Agency, will take place at the University of West London, featuring British Michelin-starred chef Theo Randall, an expert of Italian cuisine. He will present a masterclass for culinary students of the London Geller College.
The second will take place that evening at the Italian Embassy and will consist of a cooking demonstration by multiple Michelin-starred chef Nino Di Costanzo, who will be coming from Italy for this special occasion, and will be in conversation with Tiziana Prezzo, London correspondent for Italy’s Sky TG24 News channel.
Thursday, the 17th of November at 5.30pm The Italian Trade Agency together with the Italian Cultural Institute London will present the customary conference of the Accademia della Cucina Italiana (the Italian Academy of Cooking). The conference this year is on the theme “Sustainable food chains. Thoughts on the future of our food and planet“. Italian Cultural Director Katia Pizzi; Dr Maurizio Fazzari, Vice-President and delegate of the London chapter of the Accademia della Cucina Italiana; Prof. Roberto Buizza, Scientific Attache of the Italian Embassy in London and the Director of the Italian Trade Agency, Giovanni Sacchi, will talk about “Italian Food and Wine: Made in Italy through sustainability. Project to promote Italian excellence in the UK.”
To participate booking is necessary on the event page on the Italian Cultural Institute site.
The Italian Cultural Institute will also host, on the 24th of November, the screening of “Antonio Carluccio’s Culinary Adventures in Australia”, a documentary on the famous late Italian chef, produced and directed by Carmelo Musca. To participate booking is necessary on the event page on the Italian Cultural Institute site.
Settimana della Cucina events will be taking place in Scotland, as well:
Wednesday, 16th of November, at 5pm “A dinner with Chef Michele Di Bonito” will take place at Eusebi Deli in Glasgow. The venue is a restaurant of the Eusebi restaurateur family, who will host a tasting menu of typical Sicilian specialties. For further information and booking see the ICI Edinburgh site.
On the 17th of November, from 5.30 to 7.30pm, the Contini restaurant in Edinburgh will host “Simonetta Agnello Hornby in conversation with Victor Contini”. The owner of the historical restaurant of the eponymous Italian-Scottish family will discuss about the connection between food and literature, with the Italian author and lawyer. For further information and booking see the ICI Edinburgh site.
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