Best UK Sommelier

VILLA SANDI AWARD

Best Chef of Italian Cuisine

PARMIGIANO REGGIANO AWARD

The Italian Show

EDUCATING, TASTING, PROMOTING

 

 

May 30, 2022 | Leonardo Royal Hotel St. Paul’s, London

 

 

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The Event

For the first time, the UK Sommelier Association, I Love Italian Food and the Federazione Italiana Cuochi UK are joining forces to create an event that becomes the reference point for Food & Beverage professionals in the UK.

Two competitions will take place on stage. The UK Sommelier Association is once again presenting the Best UK Sommelier – Villa Sandi Award competition, featuring a series of challenges between the best sommeliers in the UK. The sommeliers, judged by a panel of well-known faces in the industry such as journalists, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, etc., will compete to win the title. In the evening, The UK Sommelier Association will also take the stage for its annual Graduation Ceremony.

The second competition will be held by the Federazione Italiana Cuochi UK, who is pleased to announce the first edition of The Best Chef of Italian Cuisine – Parmigiano Reggiano Award.
On stage six pre-selected chefs will have one hour to prepare a ‘main course’ with at least 5 elements. At the end of the hour, a jury of top chefs of Italian cuisine will taste and vote on the dishes prepared by the contestants and decide the winner of the competition.

In addition, there will be a Walk-around Exhibition area, where visitors can get in touch with F&B producers and consortia of protection, taste the products and network.

Educating, Tasting and Promoting are the key words of The Italian Show. Therefore, during the day it will also be possible to take part in wine Masterclasses guided by the UK Sommelier Association, Cooking Classes on Italian products with the finest local chefs of Italian cuisine and Mixology Classes in the dedicated Tasting Lounge area. 

Where It’s At

Leonardo Royal Hotel St. Paul’s,
10 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ, UK

Contributors

Meet the chefs and sommeliers who will guide our activities at the event:

Alberico Penati
Alberico Penati

Head Chef and Entrepreneur

Christopher Cooper
Christopher Cooper

Wine Expert, Journalist, Presenter

Federica Zanghirella

Federica Zanghirella

UK Sommelier Association Vice President

Peter McCombie
Peter McCombie

Master of Wine

Aldo Zilli

Aldo Zilli

Celebrity Chef

Chris Galvin
Chris Galvin

Michelin Star Chef

Lucia Montanelli

Lucia Montanelli

UK Best Bartender 2015

Roberto Costa

Roberto Costa

Founder & CEO Macellaio RC

Andrea Rinaldi
Andrea Rinaldi

UK Sommelier Association President

Enzo Oliveri
Enzo Oliveri

The Sicilian Chef, FIC President

Matteo Basso

Matteo Basso

UKBG National Cocktail Competition 2021 Winner

Theo Randall
Theo Randall

Celebrity Chef

Schedule

May 30th, 2022

10:00 am

STAGE

Opening 

 

The doors of the reception will open and visitors will be able to access the event and walk around. Registration will be possible also on site.

10:00 am

TASTING LOUNGE

Welcome Drink

In partnership with Villa Sandi

 

After entering the event, visitors can head to the Bar Station, where UKBG bartenders will offer a welcome drink made with Villa Sandi Prosecco DOC.

11:00 am

STAGE

Welcome Greetings

With UK Sommelier Association, I Love Italian Food and FIC UK

Official opening of the event on stage with greetings by UK Sommelier Association, I Love Italian Food and FIC UK

11:00 am

TASTING LOUNGE

Talk with Roberto Costa

With I Love Italian Food 

Come and have a talk with Roberto Costa, CEO of Macellaio RC

11:30 am

STAGE

Best Chef of Italian Cuisine – Parmigiano Reggiano Award

With Federazione Italiana Cuochi

Six pre-selected chefs will have to prepare a main course dish and present it to a jury of top chefs of Italian Cuisine in the UK. The winner of the title will be awarded at the end of the competition. 

11:30 am

TASTING LOUNGE

Cooking Show of Risotto alla Parmigiana

In partnership with Montanari & Gruzza

FIC UK chef will prepare the famous Risotto alla Parmigiana, using Parmigiano Reggiano and butter made by the Italian producer Montanari & Gruzza

12:00 am

TASTING LOUNGE

Tasting of Italian Espresso

In partnership with Filicori Zecchini

Throughout the day, Filicori Zecchini will offer tastings of its new espresso blends to visitors to the event at its Coffee Station.

12:00 am

CLASSROOM

Masterclass about Villa Sandi Prosecco DOC

With UK Sommelier Association in partership with Villa Sandi

Discover and taste five varieties of Villa Sandi Prosecco DOC in a guided tasting masterclass. 

12:30 pm

TASTING LOUNGE

Prosciutto di Parma Masterclass

In partership with the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma

Experience the unique aromas and flavours of Prosciutto di Parma with a tasting class and cooking demonstration.

1:00 pm

CLASSROOM

Masterclass about Lugana DOC

With UK Sommelier Association in partership with Consortium for the Protection of Lugana 

Discover and six eight varieties of Lugana DOC in a Masterclass guided by Master of Wine Peter McCombe. 

1:00 pm

BAR STATION

Mixology show with special guest

By UK Bartenders Guild

UKBG class with the President, Claudia Carrozzi and special guests bartender Lucia Montanelli. In collaboration with Hoshizaki

1:30 pm

TASTING LOUNGE

Cooking Class about Anchovies in spiced sauce

In partnership with Rizzoli Emanuelli

Presentation and cooking show with Italian Anchovies in spiced sauce.

2:00 pm

CLASSROOM

Masterclass about Brunello di Montalcino 

With UK Sommelier Association in partership with Consortium for the Protection of Brunello di Montalcino wine

Discover and taste eight varieties of Brunello di Montalcino in a Masterclass guided by Master of Wine Peter McCombe. 

2:00 pm

BAR STATION

Mixology show with special guest

By UK Bartenders Guild

UKBG class with the President, Claudia Carrozzi and special guests bartender Matteo Basso. In collaboration with Hoshizaki.

2:30 PM

TASTING LOUNGE

Parmigiano Reggiano Masterclass

In partnership with Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano

Discover the secrets of Parmigiano Reggiano – the only Parmesan – by tasting different ages and experiencing the cracking of a wheel of cheese.

3:00 pm

STAGE

Best UK Sommelier – Villa Sandi Award

With UK Sommelier Association

The three sommelier finalists will compete on stage, showing off their preparation and impeccable style in front of the audience and the jury. Finally, the Best UK Sommelier – Villa Sandi Award 2022 will be announced.

3:15 pm

TASTING LOUNGE

Tasting of Italian Espresso

In partnership with Filicori Zecchini

Throughout the day, Filicori Zecchini will offer tastings of its new espresso blends to visitors to the event at its Coffee Station.

3:30 pm

TASTING LOUNGE

Talk with Aldo Zilli

With I Love Italian Food

Come and have a talk with Aldo Zilli, Celebrity Chef of Italian Cuisine

4:30 pm

TASTING LOUNGE

Tasting Class about Food Valley products of excellence

In partnership with Parma Alimentare

Join the presentation and guided tasting of three well known products of the Food Valley: Prosciutto, Olio and Parmigiano Reggiano.

5:30 pm

TASTING LOUNGE

Tasting Class about Italian Gelato

In partnership with Carpigiani

Find out more about Artisanal Gelato and Soft Serve Gelato machines in this guided tasting by one of the main Italian producers. 

6:30 PM

STAGE

Sommelier Graduation Ceremony

With UK Sommelier Association

The students of the UK Sommelier Association’s courses will receive their diploma and tastevin.

7:00 pm

BAR STATION

Mixology Class with Gruppo Lunelli

By UK Bartenders Guild

Tasting of Gruppo Lunelli products and cocktails made by UKBG.

8:00 PM
End of the event

 

The event will close its doors.

This event is free for press and trade only. Registration is required!

Your can either register online, or on site. By registering online, you will avoid the queue at the entrance and have direct access to the event.

Partners

This event is made in partnership with Italian producers and Consortia of Protection. 

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