Swedish Chef Takes Home First Place In Italian Pasta Contest

First place for the recent Pasta World Championship held in Parma, Italy, went to Swedish Chef Luca Toricelli for his Mojito spaghetti special. The Swiss chef, who faced sticky international competition, beat out rivals from South Africa, Malta and Shanghai.

Torricelli also successfully nudged out three other finalists, one of which was the 2013 Cape Town winner, Girogio Nava with his recipe, Cape Town Peppadew meets the best of Parma.

Judges were also impressed with Shanghai chef, Armando Capochiani’s smoked cheese and white truffle rigatoni as well as Malta’s Guiseppe Zanotti with his orecchiette with pork sausage and violet potato chips.

Judging factors for the jury were about simplicity, prime ingredients and rich flavors that stand out — like all Italian cuisine should.

The annual competition, which is organized by the Barilla Academy, is open only to certified Italian Cuisine Master Chefs (ICMC). This year, the event attracted 25 chefs from 23 countries. Paolo Barilla, vice president of the Barilla Group, says, “Pasta has always been one of the world’s most loved foods,” and says that the chefs are “the greatest ambassadors of our cuisine.”

Barilla explains, “The idea of this championship is to make this product even more popular in the world, as a symbol of our culture and identity.”

There is not date set yet for next year’s competition.

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