Grana Padano Sponsors The International Day Of Italian Cuisine Featuring World Renowned Culinary Greats

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Grana Padano is proud to present the 5th edition of “International Day of Italian Cuisine” (IDIC) in New York City, January 2012.

The Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Grana Padano, the world's No.1 selling P.D.O (Protected Designation of Origin) cheese, is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 5th edition of “International Day of Italian Cuisine” (IDIC) in New York City. This year, the official launch of the International Day of Italian Cuisine will take place at the International Culinary Center in NYC on January 12th with a press conference, preparation of OSSOBUCO IN GREMOLATA and tasting, a video conference with Milan for the Italian official launch and a video conference with Moscow where the concluding ceremony of the Grana Padano Italian Cuisine Worldwide Awards will take place on January 17th.

Promoted by itchefs-GVCI, (http://www.itchefs-gvci.com), a network of more than 1,200 chefs and culinary professionals working in 70 countries, the event will celebrate the authenticity and quality of Italian Cuisine. On January 17th, thousands of chefs and restaurants worldwide will simultaneously cook the designated dish of the year, OSSOBUCO IN GREMOLATA . The founding ideology of the IDIC is to dispel any confusion about traditional Italian dishes and guarantee that they are prepared in an authentic Italian manner. Such is the case of Ossobuco, which will be created via teleconference around the world throughout on January 17th by prestigious chefs. Grana Padano will be the exclusive cheese used in the recreation of this traditional dish that has been called “an ageless benchmark of great Italian cuisine.”

On January 11th and 12th, Grana Padano will sponsor a series of Made by Italian Hands educational workshops and seminars with Luca Fusto, Pietro Zito, Simone Fracassi and Nicola Demo and Domenico Crolla. The two day event will conclude with Master cooking classes with world renowned two star Michelin chefs, Gennaro Esposito and Pino Cuttaia.

This year, Italian chefs in New York will be recognized for their roles as ambassadors of the Made in Italy brand and for their exceptional contribution to Italian cuisine. The Grana Padano Italian Cuisine awards will be presented by the President of Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano, Cesare Baldrighi at a gala dinner event on January 11th.

“We are delighted to be part of this important series celebrating Italy’s major role in the culinary world,” said Elisabetta Serraiotto, who is responsible for Marketing and Communications at the Grana Padano Consortium. “We are proud to share our almost 1,000 year heritage with those who are as excited about the importance and heritage of Italian products as we are.”

Grana Padano has been an integral part of Italy’s gastronomic tradition for almost 1,000 years. This all-natural product is produced under strict guidelines in order to ensure that it’s prepared to the highest standards according to the DOP – ‘Designation of Origin’ – recognition given by the European Community. Low in fat compared to other cheeses and lactose-free, Grana Padano is a versatile cheese with a sweet, nutty flavored taste that can be grated over pasta, served as an ‘antipasto’ or eaten as part of an easy, healthy delicious meal. Aged from nine months to 24 and up, Grana Padano pairs well with a variety of cuisines and makes an ideal part of a healthy diet.

About Grana Padano—http://www.granapadano.com:
Grana Padano has been part of Italy's gastronomic tradition and culture since 1135 when it was created by the monks in the Padana Valley in northern Italy. Based in Desenzano del Garda in the province of Brescia, Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Grana Padano was founded in 1954 by a group of businessmen who shared one common goal—to produce a top-quality cheese based on the traditional recipe. Today this company encompasses more than 200 Grana Padano producers, maturers and retailers. “Grana” refers the grainy and crumby texture of the cheese and “Padano” refers to its origin on the Po River Valley in northern Italy. Grana Padano is a registered trademark around the world, and since 1996 is a D.O.P Denominazione di Origine Protetta cheese awarded by the European Community in Brussels.

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