A few weeks ago I was reminded of how much fun Instagram can be at the Barilla Pasta World Championship. The digital team of the world’s most famous pasta brand gathered a group of creatives at La Pelota in the Brera District of Milan to document the competition in real time.
The challenge involved 18 chefs from all over the world, competing to be named Master of Pasta in 2018. The jury was made up of five Michelin star chefs and one food stylist scoring everything from flavor to plating and more.
The first day I followed the work of a young chef from Norway, Benjamin Roth
, who with his punk soul created one of the most interesting dishes of the day: Spaghetti n.5 with langoustine, onion, roe and beurre blanc.
The day ended with a beautiful sunset on the terrace of the brand new restaurant at Fondazione Prada. There, overlooking the entire city of Milan, we were served a dinner created by one of my favorite chefs, Norbert Niederkofler.
The second day, October 25th, was also World Pasta Day. How better to celebrate it than with a nice plate of pasta? It was an intense and emotional day as we awaited the winner the Pasta World championship this year.
I had my favorite, Toby Wang
, Executive Chef at the Hilton in Beijing. Watching him cooking and plating his dishes was pure art — as cuisine at the highest level should be!
He made it to the final along with Carolina Diaz,
chef of Terzo Piano
The final challenge was the hardest, even for an Italian chef: a perfect spaghetti al pomodoro. So simple and there’s no room for error! Toby crosshatched each tomato to create a beautiful rendition of the dish, while Carolina used three kinds of cherry tomatoes to create a dish where sweetness and acidity were perfectly balanced with the herby aromatics of the tomato vine itself. Both were truly impressive takes on the classic.
At the end of a two-day pasta marathon, Chef Carolina Diaz became the first woman to win the Pasta World Championship.
The simple joy of sharing, creating, eating and laughing together: this is what the Pasta World Championship was for me this year. Complimenti to all the Chefs involved and to Barilla for making it all possible!
Who’s gonna win next year?
Blogpost in paid partnership with Barilla