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Young Caithness chefs invited to take part in national risotto competition

By Jean Gunn

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Entries for the Young Risotto Chef of the Year 2023 have officially opened.
Entries for the Young Risotto Chef of the Year 2023 have officially opened.

Budding Caithness chefs are among those being given the chance to enter Riso Gallo’s UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year 2023 competition.

It is the sixth year of the competition, aimed at young chefs aged 17-23 years, who are either in education or starting out in their professional careers. Entries are open until December 1, 2022.

Entrants are asked to produce, photograph and tell us why they selected their risotto dish, and those selected will be asked to attend a regional heat to produce their recipe.

Regional finalists will have their dishes judged by professional chefs at the top of their game at the Grand Final in London at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 3, 2023 where the winner will be named the Riso Gallo UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year 2023.

Riso Gallo, the first international brand in the sector to have produced rice from sustainable agriculture, is supplying Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with its range of sustainable rices for use in their catering facilities.Tottenham Hotspur was named the Premier League’s greenest club following a study carried out by the UN-backed Sport Positive Summit, with a range of sustainable measures implemented across their operations.

The winner will receive an all expenses paid three day work experience with renowned judging chef Fabio Pisani and his team at the two Michelin starred Il Luogo in Milan, Italy.

Fabio Pisani commented: "It’s always a pleasure for me – and for us, at Aimo e Nadia Group – to support the Riso Gallo’s UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year. This competition is a great opportunity not only for the young chefs to grow but also for us to meet a different culture and food perspectives, share new ideas, and imagine together different ways to honour and celebrate the finest rice."

The runner up will win a stage at the Italian Embassy in London.

The Scottish Regional heat will take place at the City of Glasgow College on Thursday, January 12.

The final judging panel will include: consultant chef Paul Gayler MBE; Danilo Cortellini, consultant chef at the Italian Embassy; Adriano Cavagnini, executive chef at the Bvlgari Hotel; Fabio Pisani from Il Luogo in Milan; Davide Degiovanni head chef at 5 Hertford St, and Francesco Dibenedetto, head chef at Bibendum in London.

Jason Morrison, MD Riso Gallo UK commented: "For over 165 years, Riso Gallo has supplied many of the top chefs across the world with Italian rice of the highest quality. We understand their passion and commitment to their craft, and the years of training they undertake.

"We launched this competition to help foster and reward the next generation, who can inject personality, passion and creativity into their own vibrant, exciting risotto dish. Our UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year has gone from strength to strength each year."

More information can be found at: www.youngrisottochef.com

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