International Day of Italian Cuisines

The Nominees

Conceived to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the introduction, spreading and preservation of the Italian food and wine culture in the countries they live in. The jury, composed by prestigious members of the food and wine industry have made their selection. Based upon the nominations of the Italian Cuisine Master Chefs, our jury has made a shortlist of 10 nominees.

Rafael Anson


Restaurateur. Specializes and supports Italian Cuisine and Chefs

Carla Capalbo

United Kingdom / USA

Photographer, Journalist and Food Writer
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Gennaro Contaldo

London, UK

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Julia Della Croce


Creator of
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Pietro Granillo


Pioneer of the import of Italian goods to Chile
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Amin Kadrie


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Gennaro Miele


Restaurateur and distributor of Italian products

Danilo Nicoletti

Hong Kong

F&B Director at Otto e Mezzo Bombana

Francis K. Poulose


Co-Organizer – Gusto Italiano: Epitomizing Italian Gastronomy
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Nashwa Taher

Saudi Arabia

Business woman and restaurateur