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Henderson, a lifetime achievement

British chef Fergus Henderson just won the Lifetime Achievement Award, ahead of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014, taking place on the 28th of April at the London's Guildhalil. A meat maestro and founding partner of St. John, with several restaurants in London, Henderson has been awarded mainly because of the promotion of nose-to-tail cooking – the use of every part of the animal, which is now practised in many kitchens


Ninth Festival Loiseau at Belle Mare Plage

Ninth edition from 30th March, at Belle Mare Plage, a resort of Constance group on the island of Mauritius, of the Festival Culinaire Bernard Loiseau, ending Sunday 6th April. Six European young starred chefs and six young chefs of Constance group will cook divided into pairs, one cook from abroad one from here. In the jury, with madame Dominique Loiseau and chef Patrick Bertron, also Identità Golose with Paolo Marchi


Helena Rizzo best female chef 2014

Helena Rizzo, chef of Maní restaurant in Sao Paolo, Brazil, is the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef 2014, according to the jury of World's 50Best Restaurant. Rizzo succeeds in the award to glorious colleagues such as Nadia Santini, Bask Elena Arzak and French Anne-Sophie Pic. The paulista chef will be awarded in London on next 28th April, the day when the 50 best restaurant's list will be officially announced


Berezutskiy best Russian young chef

It's Sergej Berezutskiy from Moscow the best young chef of the year 2014 in his country. The title, awarded today at restaurant White Rabbit in Moscow by an almost entirely Italian jury, will allow the cook to take part to the S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup 2014, scheduled in Venice for next June. Sergej is the twin brother of Ivan, already a name in the panorama of young and creative Russian cuisine


Nahm at the top of Asia

Bangkok's Nahm has been voted the best restaurant according to the S.Pellegrino Asia's World's 50 Best. The restaurant by chefs Thompson and Polsuk (recently seen at Identità Milano) ensues Tokyo's Narisawa, who ranked second this year. At the 3rd place, an Indian restaurant, Gaggan, based in Bangkok. Hong Kong's Amber ranked 4th and Tokyo's Ryugin 5th. With 17 restaurants out of the 50 China is the most represented country in the list


Bonci and Cuttaia ready for Omnivore

Paris, France, March 16-18th: the next edition of Omnivore, the "100% jeune cuisine" cooking congress, is ready to start at the Maison de la Mutualité, rue Saint Victor. In between the French chefs, both promising and already successful - from Piège to Toutain; from Pierre Gagnaire to Guillame Monjuré -  the schedule will include two Italians: Pino Cuttaia from Sicily and bread-and-pizza chef Gabriele Bonci from Rome


Italy-Thailand, a dinner at Trussardi

An important dinner will take place on Sunday February the 9th at Trussardi Alla Scala in Milan: resident chef Luigi Taglienti will host colleagues Dylan Jones and Bo Songvisava of Bo.lan restaurant in Bangkok, for a special meal organized together with Identità Golose. The tasting menu will include 6 dishes at the cost of 150 euro per person. For informations and bookings, alessandrolonghin-ext@trussardi.com, +39.366,6467249 


Ice-cream: France wins, Italy second

France has just won the sixth edition of Coppa del Mondo di Gelateria, Ice-cream world cup, at Sigep in Rimini. The team's subject, led by Elie Cazaussus and composed by Christophe Bouret, Benoit Lagache, Jean Christophe Vitte and Yazid Ichemrahen was about “Leonardo Da Vinci's universe”. Italy ranked second with Stefano Biasini, Massimo Carnio, Marco Martinelli e Luca Mazzotta. Poland ranked third


Luigi Nastri heads to Paris

Starting today, Luigi Nastri, always a chef of Settembrini in Rome, is the cook chief of Gazzetta restaurant in Paris. The former chef (and founder) Petter Nillson decided it was time to go back to Stockholm where his family lives. As Scatti di Gusto states, the Roman colony in Paris is now stronger than ever: after Giovanni Passerini at Rino, now it's time for Luigi Nastri


Eater's best restaurants 2013

Pakta in Barcelona, Amass and Bror in Copenaghen, Carbone and Mission Cantina in New York, Chengdu Taste in Los Angeles, Edwins in Cleveland, Saltimporten Canteen in Malmö. Sweden, Vin Papillon in Montreal (Canada). These are just a few of many restaurants quoted into the traditional Eater's survey. The renowned food online magazine asked the opinion to several important food journalists and experts


Gvci, Salicrù chef of the year

Ivan Icra Salicrù of restaurant Ronda in Dubai was nominated chef of the year by Gvci, Gruppo virtuale di cuochi italiani, an award estabilished to celebrate non Italian chefs cooking Italian cuisine abroad. Salicrù will receive a silver plate and will be invited to take part, next January the 17th, to the International Day of Italian Cuisines. The Italian dish they celebrate this year is Spaghetti with tomato and basil


AltoGusto at Tivoli in Cortina

Dolomiti mountains are hosting AltoGusto, a gastronomic tour dedicated to cucina d'autore in the best restaurants of the area, with menu inspired by the theme "Cinema in the kitchen". On Friday December 13th, you can have dinner at Tivoli in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Belluno) with chef Graziano Prest and Cantine Ferrari, together with an homage to actor Alberto SordiAltoGusto will proceed then with 6 more dinners


Happy birthday, Identità English

December 2nd 2012 – December 2nd 2013 – the English version of Identità Golose’s website turns one. During the past 365 days, Slawka G. Scarso’s team has translated as many as 410 articles in 28 sections, a great number of pieces to be added to the over 300 portraits of chefs and to the hundreds of recipes that have enriched the website from the start. This important project aims to increase the audience of enthusiasts far beyond the Italian borders


Casa Vicina's 10th anniversary

Tomorrow night, great dinner at Eataly Lingotto in Turin. They will celebrate the 10th year anniversary of restaurant Casa Vicina - Guido per Eataly, one Michelin star. Together with Claudio and Anna Vicina there will also be chef Peter Brunel. Dinner is 75 euro per person, wines included, 8 courses from Potato cooked in argyle together with rice stems and trout eggs to an Inusual panettone. For bookings +39.011.19506840


Bottura and the Operazione Parigi

It's called Operazione Parigi and it's a project that is "going to take Italian food culture to the gastronomic capital of the world", with lectures on excellence held at the Italian institute of culture taken by Massimo Bottura, the first promoter, together with 16 important colleagues: Uliassi, Cedroni, Esposito, Perbellini, Cuttaia, Sultano, Oldani, Romito, Alajmo, Cannavacciuolo, Cracco, Scabin, Beck, Crippa, Berton, Cerea and Niederklofer



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Duytsche’s magic

The great French pastry chef from Valrhona surprises Milan with four mini-masterpieces

A close up of Yann Duytsche, lecturer at the Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona, holding a lesson at Arte del Convivio in Milan. Trained also at Moulin de Mougins, founded by Roger Verge on the French Riviera, he opened a pastry shop of his own in Barcelona, called Dolç

A close up of Yann Duytsche, lecturer at the Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona, holding a lesson at Arte del Convivio in Milan. Trained also at Moulin de Mougins, founded by Roger Verge on the French Riviera, he opened a pastry shop of his own in Barcelona, called Dolç

People always speak of chefs. The sweet side of cuisine, however, increasingly claims its own space. With perfect balances, ingredients weighted with extreme accuracy, resting and cooking times that cannot be changed. It is time for the spotlights to turn to pastry-chefs, masters of technique and balance. And when speaking of pastry making, what’s sweeter than chocolate?

On Monday, in the Arte del Convivio cooking school in Milan, pastry chef Yann Duytsche, a master at Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona, held a lesson on high pastry making and presented some of his creations. Originally from Lille, in Northern France, he attended Le Touquet Paris Plage catering school and then gained experience in great restaurants, including Moulin de Mougins, three Michelin stars on the French Riviera, founded by Roger Verge one of the most appreciated founders (now retired) of nouvelle cuisine.

After 12 years with Valrhona, Duytsche accomplished his dream of opening a pastry-shop of his own in Barcelona, namely Dolç. "For me, pastry making is magic, a constant marvel: with four ingredients some incredible cakes are born" he says enthusiastically. During a few hours, his hands shaped as many creations that deserve to be illustrated. To begin with, there was the play of textures given by "Immacolato" [Immaculate], a total white small glass made with a Opalys (33% white) chocolate mousse, covered with a pineapple compote, and Namelaka Opalys lime (a velvety cream made with milk, lime zest, cream and Opalys chocolate).

For those who love pastries, there’s "Karrè Mango": the croissant dough is cut into rectangles filled with a mango gelée and Valhrona 33% dark hazelnut chocolate, a combination of cocoa and hazelnuts. It is perfect when hot, a trick that allows the chocolate to be slightly soft and creamy inside. Three extremely craveable textures give life, instead, to "Kalingo Isola delle spezie" [Kalingo Island] of Spices. There’s a very soft base (financier) made with gianduia and hazelnut, covered with a chocolate mousse (Valrhona’s Kalingo 65% chocolate) and a suprême made with cream and chocolate. The crispy side is given by the hazelnut brittle and by white chocolate pearls. In order to make it shiny, the cake is finished with a mango icing.

To finish there’s the "Cala Sa Tuna", a soft cake made with cocoa and filled with a hazelnut frangipane cream with Coeur de Guanaja (cream, almond, vanilla Coeur de Guanaja 80%) and apricot compote for a touch of acidity. This is high pastry making and more. "My favourite cake is panettone – says Yann with shining eyes. It is an exceptional product, one that has no equal elsewhere in the world. For me it is unique because it shows that simple things, when finely made, can be extraordinary".

Annalisa Cavaleri
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