With coronavirus restrictions in a constant state of flux, the organisers of Identità Golose 2020 have taken the major decision to postpone this year's live event in Milan until 2021.
The congress has transformed into Identità Golose On The Road - Digital Edition 2020 in an unprecedented adventure that arises from a challenge, but also from the desire to document what is happening in kitchens and the lives of professionals, to search for answers, and to face the epochal change that is taking place. This year's theme is 'building a new future'.
An official statement said: "We haven't abandoned the conviction that it's still necessary, today more than ever, to remain united in a spirit of solidarity to share information, ideas and new energies, photographing an evolving reality, forced to make a formidable change of pace and thought this year".
The congress also appears to be itinerant. "Since the situation we will experience in the next few days may not allow speakers and guests (who have never given up on the congress) to be in Milan, it will be Identità Golose with its editorial staff to go to them, to their facilities, to their kitchens, to their premises," the official statement continues.
The programme of Identità Golose On The Road - Digital Edition 2020 will be available digitally from Monday 16 November.
Identità Golose On The Road Digital Edition 2020: The Details
“The situation and its recent evolution forces us to move the congress to 2021: we have often hoped not to have to make this decision to give voice to Italian restaurants and beyond, which we want to look to the future. We thought that our duty was another, and for this reason in a few days we created a new format, Identità Golose On The Road - Digital Edition 2020: it will not be a simple digital version, but a real format. We have to thank our partners who stood firm," explained Claudio Ceroni of Identità Golose, who spoke together with Paolo Marchi at the press conference.
"Since many chefs and protagonists in the congress will not be able to come to us, we will go to them. And this involves an enormous productive effort in a few days: we had already foreseen a digital platform that would support the congress, now we will provide a tool ad hoc, where we will put the contents produced in these days."
The plan is to create twenty sets throughout Italy. "We will go to visit some of the most important protagonists of the Italian restaurant scene, we involved over 70 speakers including chefs, pastry chefs, maître d 'dining room, on the contrary some of them will come to Milan, in three structures that we will equip for the occasion: 'The Hub in via Romagnosi, the new laboratory of Gianluca Fusto and the Arte del Convivio, a cooking school associated with us for some time. There will be a substantial number of troupes because we will re-propose some of the historical themes of Identità Golose and some of the sessions that should have characterised the congress, from Identità di Pasta to Identità di Pizza, Identità di gelato to Identità di Sala, from Identità Naturali to Identità di Champagne and Identità di Cocktail."
Everything will be available on the digital platform created specifically (access will be through the Identità web site, with all the information to be able to register and access the contents). In a month, a collection of 60-70 lessons will be available.
Among the protagonists there will be Davide Oldani, chef of D'O, who has anticipated something of his intervention. "I will be inspired by sport, with the idea of a clean, healthy and elegant competition; sport reminds us that cooking is a team, and it is the team that wins, it is all my collaborators who help me keep the company, also from an economic point of view," he said.