For the first time this year, Dubai will host The Italian Cuisine World Summit – celebrating Italian food, drink, lifestyle, fashion and design.
Previously hosted in Hong Kong, this fifth edition of the Summit will be held from November 7-10, 2013, at some of Dubai’s well-known Italian restaurants - including Bice, Bice Mare, Casa Mia, Bussola, Cavalli Club, Ronda Locatelli, L’Olivo, Positano, Roberto’s, Rococo’, Certo, Sicilia and VU’s.
"These restaurants all have extremely talented chefs who are the very best promoters of Italian cuisine globally," said original creator and current director of the summit, Rosario Scarpato.
"They will host 15 Italian guest master chefs with a total of more than 25 Michelin stars. There will be a further 10 Italian guest master chefs from prestigious restaurants around the world including New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Buenos Aires."
Luca Signoretti, head chef at Roberto’s restaurant - Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is the culinary supervisor of the summit.
“With its huge premium hotel and restaurant infrastructure, and open multicultural society, Dubai is the ideal place to host a summit such as this and I’m delighted it has now become a reality,” said Signoretti.
It features an intense programme of events, including master cooking classes, and the attendance of acrobatic pizza world champion, Master Gelatai. There will be also three competitions – Best Italian Pizza in the UAE, Pasta World Championship and Lavazza Best Espresso Contest.
“Almost all master chefs coming from Italy will include a white truffle-based dish on his or her menu. November is the best month for white truffles in Italy – possibly the most sophisticated ingredient in Italian cuisine," added Signoretti.
Scarpato added: “The objective of this summit is to present the quality and variety of Italian cuisine. We are targeting the event to all those who love their food, are selective in what they eat and like to enjoy a quality lifestyle. The summit is also a celebration of Dubai, which is set to become a gastronomy world capital.”
Partners to the summit are Fresh Express, Casinetto, Classic Fine Foods, Lavazza, Italia Kitchen, Grana Padano, Terre del Sole and Twister Communications Middle East – while sponsors include Arabital Shipping, San Benedetto Mineral Water, Caputo, Robo and Poltrona Frau among the others.
The summit is under the auspices of the Italian Embassy in the UAE and the Italian Consulate General in Dubai.