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Italian Pastry Team
Pastry World Cup, Lyon, France

This world class pastry competition has been the springboard for generations of pastry chefs. Their success, and the competition as a whole, assures our industry continued growth in the years to come.

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Alessandro Urilli

When asked 'when he went to culinary school', he'll answer 'I still do, everyday...' Alex remains a humble student of pâtissier His resume is not as modest: head pastry chef at Peck, Milan's most famous gastronomic center; new product development chef for Mondo, Rome's best known pastry shop; director of pâtissier at ICI; and the list goes on.

His formal education includes the Westminster University of Art, Bath Academy of Arts and Thames Valley University in London with degrees in gastronomy, wines and spirits. Alex attended years of stages at Europe's most prestigious hotels, among them Creme de la Creme in London, Le Gavroche, Nadell Pâtisserie, the Georgian Restaurant, Maison Blanc, Pâtisserie De Baere and Harrods in London.

In 2000, Alex was made a member of Accademia Maestri Pasticceri Italiani, Italy's exclusive master pâtissier association. In the same year he became one of the only members of Relais Desserts in Italy. Alex regularly competes in world class culinary competitions and has earned numerous medals and titles including 1st Place/ Best Pâtissier at the International Pastry & Baking Salon (SIAB) in Verona, Italy in 2001.

Besides private consulting for numerous clients, Alex is a trainer for the famous chocolate company Callebaut creating not only innovative desserts but also spectacular decorations in chocolate, sugar work and pastillage from plate art to two meter tall show pieces. He regularly contributes articles to several pastry magazines internationally including Italy's largest "Pasticceria Internazionale".

Alex is a consummate instructor and is as entertaining as he is talented. Communication is not a problem either as he speaks Italian, English and French.

AT A GLANCE

  • Instructor at The Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts (ICI)
  • Instructor at the Art, Science and Food Technology Center
  • Demonstration chef for major international companies including Vahlrona Chocolate
  • Member of the Italian Master Pâtissier Association
  • Member of Relais Desserts
  • Past member of the Italian National Pastry Team
  • Demonstration chef for major international companies including Callebaut Chocolate
  • Past Head Pastry Chef at Milan's famous Peck
  • Multi medal winner including
    • Silver Medal - Dessert of the Year, Britain, 1995
    • Gold Medal - European Sugar Works Competition, London, 1996
    • Silver Medal - European Chocolate Competition, London, 1997
    • Gold Medal - National Master Pastry Chefs Tournament, Italy
    • Gold Medal/Pâtissier of the Year - International Pastry & Baking
    • Salon (SIAB), Italy, 2001
  • R&D consultant for food producers throughout Europe
  • Food writer for trade magazines
BELOW ARE SOME WORKS BY ALESSANDRO URILLI
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Leonardo Di Carlo

A good day at the IKA Culinary Olympics in Berlin: the Gold MedalWhen he's not competing for an international competition or consulting for a food firm, Leo is usually in the lab, experimenting, perfecting, creating... Those of whom experience competition understand his attitude - everyone else there wants to win as well...

Leo began specializing in patisserie, them moved to chocolate and eventually on to pastillage and intricate sugar work. He's currently world champion for chocolate and pastillage and finished his tenure for the same status in pâtissier at the beginning of the year.

His instructing style is straight forward and always high energy. As a "lifetime pupil" in the pastry arts, he understands and appreciates the objectives of peers. Leo instructs advanced pastry, chocolate and sugar courses to pâtissier and bakers at the Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts as well as an intense full immersion day for chefs de cuisine.A very good day at the Coupe du Monde in Lyon, France: World Champion

Leo will seek to defend his crown as World Chocolate Champion at the 2005 Pastry World Cup in Lyon, France.

AT A GLANCE

  • Third generation pâtissier
  • Instructor at The Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts (ICI)
  • Instructor at the Art, Science and Food Technology Center
  • Demonstration chef for major international companies including Vahlrona Chocolate
  • Member of the Italian Pastry Team
  • Multi medal winner including
    • First Place - Italian Championships, Rimini, 1996
    • Gold Medal - IKA Culinary Olympics, Berlin, 1996
    • First Place - Campidoglio Championships, Roma 1996
    • First Place - Italian Championships, Rimini, 1998
    • Silver & Bronze Medals - Culinary World Cup, Luxembourg, 1998
    • Gold & Silver Medal - Culinary World Cup, Basil, Switzerland, 1999
    • World Champion - Pastry World Cup, Lyon, France, 2001
    • World Chocolate Champion - Pastry World Cup, Lyon, France, 2003
  • R&D consultant for food producers throughout Europe
  • Food writer for trade magazines
  • TV show
BELOW ARE SOME WORKS IN PASTILLAGE AND SUGAR BY LEO
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The World Pastry Cup

The World Pastry Cup brings together the finest young pâtissiers to compete before the press and an international jury for the chocolate, sugar and cream titles in a mouthwatering competition.

2007 marked the 13th edition of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie. Founded by Gabriel Paillason, this is set to be one of the star events at the 14th International Food Trade Exhibition (SIRHA).

Fabulous presentations are evident everywhere at the event, but TASTE and TEXTURES are what win the World Cup.Candidates from 18 countries (and four continents) take part, so the diverse culinary traditions of Greece, Italy and Austria, Colombia and Mexico, Japan, Singapore, England and the USA are given a chance to seduce the palates of the judges. The jury is comprised of the best pâtissiers from the 18 competing countries and allocates points for skill, presentation and taste.

Each of the participating countries are represented by three members (chocolate maker, pastry cook and ice-cream maker), one of whom heads the team. Each team has nine hours to prepare a buffet of one chocolate dessert, one ice cream dessert and a typical national sweet.

The Institute's own Iginio Massari and the rest of the 1997 World Pastry Cup Champions!The winning team is awarded the World Pastry Cup and 9,000 Euro. Silver and bronze prizes are also handed out, along with prizes for the best promotion, team spirit and press prize.

Winners are assured a sweet and successful career. Former winners include Pascal Molines (France) - now teaching at the prestigious Ecole des Arts Culinaires at Ecully - while Michaël Azouz (also from France) has earned worldwide renown for his sugary creations. Pierre Marcolini (Belgium) and Luigi Biasetto (Italy) have both opened their own boutiques, the unrealizable dream for many a pâtissier, Leonardo Di Carlo, the chocolate superman and, the legend, Iginio Massari.

GENEROUS SPONSORS OF THE WORLD PASTRY CUP
No where on these web pages or at our Institute will you find credits to any sponsors. The Italian Institute for Advanced Culinary and Pastry Arts is an independent Institution and does not accept sponsorship. This ensures that our programs are always objective, based not on a particular brand but rather on the best raw materials and equipment available at the time.

Special events are an exception. In addition to sponsoring these events ourselves, we also wish to thank our cosponsors who make these events possible. Their participation shows the world the importance of continually advancing the evolution of fine pâtissier and, most of all, its' creators, you the pastry chefs...
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The Real Italy
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
JULY 10, 2016
1-day Regional Italian Food and Wine Feast and Workshop
ICI president John Nocita and Old Vine Café bring you on an exciting educational and epicurean journey featuring authentic regional Italian cooking and dining. Click here for details!


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Calabria, Italy
AUGUST 21-25, 2016
Italy's 's stylish Naussica Resort on the Ionian Sea is the consummate setting for the annual week-long celebration of 3000 years of southern Italian food and wine. Lectures and demos by ICI Masters and three gala dinners highlight the unique culinary and cultural event.

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MAY, 2017
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The Italian Culinary Team steals the show at one of the most prestigious culinary competitions in Europe. See how our ICI master won against the elite of chefs and pastry chefs from thirty three countries and became the reigning world champion until we takes the prize again this year!
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