The mission of the Italian Cuisine Worldwide Awards is to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the introduction, diffusion and preservation of the Italian food and wine culture in the countries they live in or in global context. The Awards, promoted by itchefs-gvci.com, are granted annually to chefs, writers, journalists and business people, for the work performed during the previous year or their whole careers. The pre selection for the Grana Padano Italian Cuisine Worldwide Awards 2012 was the result of a survey among the recently certified Italian Cuisine Master Chefs.
The Jury was composed by prestigious members of the food and wine industry: Luigi Cremona (Italian Touring Club Guides' coordinator), Paolo Marchi (founder of Identità Golose), Vinicio Eminenti (Accademia Italiana della Cucina China), Roberto Bava (Italian Cuisine in the world expert) and Rosario Scarpato (IDIC 2012 Director).
The 2012 winners are: SILVIA BERNARDINI (Mexico), UMBERTO BOMBANA (Hong Kong), DONATO DE SANTIS (Argentina), JOHN MARIANI (USA) and ANDREJ KOVALEV (Russia). MARIO CARAMELLA, Chef of Forlino Restaurant in Singapore and GVCI President received a special award for achievements made in his career and due to the high number of votes received in the survey.
The awards were presented to the winners by Garna Padano´s General Manager Stefano Berni with the presence of the Italian Ambassador in Russia Antonio Zanardi Landi.