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This year the Grand Prix de la Culture Gastronomique, an award given to a person or entity who has distinguished themselves in the field of gastronomy, goes to ALMA, Italy’s premier cooking school. ALMA, situated in the town of Reggia di Colorno, is headed by Michelin-starred chef Gualtiero Marchesi, one of Italy’s most respected chefs. The institution was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix de la Culture Gastronomique for its pivotal role in shaping the future of modern Italian cuisine through programs in cooking, baking, wine, restaurant and bar management and more.
A total of three awards were handed out during a special ceremony at ALMA. The second award of the evening went to Renzo Pellati, author of La Storia di Ciò Che Mangiamo (The History of What We Eat), who was awarded the Gran Prix de la Littérature Gastronomique.
The third award, Chef de l'Avenir, went to Pier Giorgio Parini, chef of Il Povero Diavolo, a one Michelin-starred restaurant located in the town of Torriana. The reason behind his award? “The continued research presented on his plates, along with his interpretation of cuisine through particles of ingredients, make [Parini] one of the young ambassadors of contemporary cuisine of our country,” organizers said.
Find more information on the Grand Prix de la Culture Gastronomique here.