A former sushi chef, Takeo turned his passion for making life-sized ice sculptures into an award-winning career. Along with his son Shintaro, he opened the Okamoto Studio in New York City to showcase the grandeur of ice carving. Since 2003, the father-son team have created a legacy of awe-inspiring ice art.
With that in mind, FDL would like to remember Takeo for what he was: a genious at transforming the complexity of ice into fascinating sculptures that were bigger than life.
Francesco Martucci from I Masanielli in the Campania region of Italy has been named the best pizzaiolo in the world for a third year running. See the full list as well as all the international winners.