Food Godfathers Pass the Pans to Gen X (media release)
Italian food fans can look forward to a rare treat when Sydney’s International Good Food Month wraps up on Monday 31 October.
The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia (CIRA) – the nation’s foremost Italian food authority, is breaking with tradition by calling on the talents of its Gen X chefs exclusively, to cook for the organisation’s coveted annual CIRA-ALMA Gala Dinner.
Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at The Spit and Spiedo Restaurant & Bar), Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Eugenio Maiale (A Tavola), Nino Zoccali (Pendolino) and Luca Ciano (consultant) are charged with creating five courses, one each, and matching regional wines.
The dinner, held at Doltone House in Pyrmont (6:30pm) celebrates the regional diversity of food and wine in Italy. For $165 per person ($1500 for a table of ten) food fans can enjoy a taste of five of the top Italian restaurants in Australia, and their celebrated chefs.
As always the dinner is themed. This year the chefs must explore the romantic regions of Italy. Italianophiles might find this confusing – “are there any non amorous regions of Italy?” they ask.
CIRA President, Lucio Galletto says, “This year the younger generation of CIRA chefs has taken over the running of the dinner. Armando and I are looking forward to some innovative and exciting dishes from them, while we sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
“As always there is sure to be plenty of banter and friendly rivalry as the chefs argue about each regions diversity in food and romanticism” he says.
The CIRA-ALMA dinner is also a night to celebrate for one hard working young CIRA member, who will take home the organisation’s ‘Young Talent’ award at the end of the night. The winner receives an incredible trip to historic Parma, Italy, to study at internationally renowned ALMA – the country’s premier school of Italian cuisine and is judged by Janni Kyritisis, Stefano Manfredi and Terry Durack.