READY, STEADY, GO
I had my first appearance as technical judge in YCO 2018 and I really hope to be part of it in the next edition.
YCO, A GAME-CHANGER
I have been a member of the judging panel for several competitions prior to YCO so I assumed that YCO would be like a “game”, with no particular trials and gentle on participants. Once in Delhi, I changed my mind! YCO was all about perfect organisa-tion, high-level staff skills, great timing, professional trials, tough rules, clear goals and it was a winning project in all aspects. There were a huge number of countries involved, which is what YCO is all about — unity.
THE CHEF COMMUNITY
When I met chef Andy Varma, chef Sanjay Kak (I met him in November 2017, during my stay in Kolkata), chef Chris Galvin and all the other judges, I found us easily collaborating because everything was well-organised. All this was done in perfect harmony with the judging panel and with Dr. Suborno Bose and his fantastic staff.
I focused on the technical aspects of a cheftestant, starting from mise en place techniques to pro skills shows.
PRIZE FOR MORE PLATES
I feel that the contest has achieved or attained a high level, compared to European professional competi-tions. My only suggestion would be to have a special prize dedicated to the Most Innovative Recipe, Cooking Tech-nique, Best Recipe Presentation (as they have in Bocuse d’or).
Currently : Chef-instructor at Institute of Hotel & Restaurant Management in Turin, Italy.
Articles : Journalist in the food and wine sector.
Titles : Member of the Italian Association of F&B Press of Milan.Also an ISO 9001: 2000 Auditor and HACCP and food-cost expert.