The intrepid Travelling GourmetTM reports on the the award honouring the best Italian Catering and Banqueting companies, which has reached its 4th edition!
From Milan to Naples the best of Italian catering gathers together on the podium
Trial by jury, March 7th, 2014 at Four Seasons Hotel Florence
Award presentation, March 8th Taste – Stazione Leopolda Florence at 15.00
Ring, March 8th - Stazione Leopolda Florence at 14.00
Talk show, March 9th - Stazione Leopolda Florence at 10.30
Saturday March 8th at Stazione Leopolda during TASTE, the saloon event dedicated to Excellence in Taste and organised by Pitti Immagine, the award ceremony for the fourth edition of King of Catering Bisol (the only award dedicated to catering and banqueting companies) took place.
King of Catering, which was set up to showcase the best companies in the sector, presented the following overall awards:
King of Catering Platinum Plus/Ferrarelle Le Gourmet (Varese)
King of Catering Gold Sire Ricevimenti (Naples)
King of Catering Silver Santi Catering (Treviso)
King of Catering Bronze Caffè Scala (Milan)
Awards for the various categories were also presented:
King of Impossible to Frank Food (Milan)
King of Menù to Papillon Ricevimenti (Milan)
King of Service Top Automotive La Fenice (Ravenna)
King of Mise en place a Assaporando (Udine)
King of Style & Food Design to Casamanu Catering (Bologna)
King of Tradition & Innovation RCR to Aliante Catering (Florence)
King of Glamour Venchi to Design & Food House (Rome)
The theme for King of Catering 2014 was ‘marriage of tastes, Italian catering interpreting international cuisine for the big occasions.’
The four finalists presented a menu based on the traditional cuisine of Azerbaijan, China, the Arab Emirates and India with the preparation and presentation reflecting Italian taste and style. A complex undertaking, where only experience and careful analysis of the diverse cultures would allow them to skilfully interpret the theme.
This theme give ample room to the creativity of each catering style which had to express its own abilities both culinary and in scenographic decor.
The final challenge took place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence in the presence of a prestigious jury made up of:
Gianluca Bisol (Bisol), Massimo Buli (Flamigni), Mauro Costanzo (RCR Cristalleria Italiana), Eleonora Cozzella (journalist), Federico De Cesare Viola (journalist), Marilisa Allegrini (Allegrini), Augusto Di Blasi (Ferrarelle SpA), Maddalena Fossati (journalist), Marisa Fumagalli (journalist), Giovan Battista Mantelli (Venchi), Christine Mauracher (Director of the Ca’ Foscari Master in Food and Wine Culture at Venice), Vito Mollica (Chef, Il Palagio-Four Seasons Firenze*), Riccardo Monco (Chef Enoteca Pinchiorri***), Raffaello Napoleone (Pitti Immagine), Davide Paolini (il gastronauta), Agostino Poletto (Pitti Immagine), Leonardo Romanelli (critic and journalist), Enzo Rossi (La Campofilone), Claudio Sadler (Sadler Milan**).
Fede & Tinto, the hosts of the radio program Decanter-Radio2, enlivened the final evening and the award ceremony on the TASTE stage where Gianluca Bisol and all the protagonists of the award crowned the winners of the 2014 edition.
King of Catering is backed by important ‘Made in Italy’ companies such as Bisol, the time-honoured Vadobbiadene wine makers, who have believed in and backed the award’s creator and organizer Riccardo Cioni since the very beginning. The new partners of this edition are La Campofilone, Flamigni and RCR Cristalleria Italiana together with Ferrarelle whose name is historically linked to the award. Lending a sweet note to the proceedings is Venchi, brand chocolate makers since 1878.
King of Catering is organised in collaboration with Pitti Immagine, Mondadori Pubblicità and the Four Seasons Hotel Florence.