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Americas East Stage Finale Announces the Winners

Gelato World Tour served 9,000 pounds of artisan gelato in Millennium Park over Memorial Day Weekend. Thousands visited the Chicago Stage to taste the best flavors of gelato in the Americas, being served over 78,000 cups and mini-cones.

Sixteen teams came together this weekend in Chicago to compete for The Best Gelato Flavor in the Americas. A panel of expert culinary judges (30%) combined with the public vote (65%) and the opinion of the artisans competing in the event (5%) decided the outcome of the competition. The four winners will move on to compete in Rimini, Italy with winners from the other stages for the title “World’s Best Gelato Flavor.”

The Finalists:

  • 1st Place: “Amor-Acuyá” by Daniela Lince Ledesma, Dolce Gelato – Medellin – Colombia
  • 2nd Place: “Chicago Pothole” by Angelo Lollino & Ali Caine Hung, Vero Coffee & Gelato – Elmwood Park Chicago – Illinois – USA
  • 3rd Place: “Rich Chocolate, KOVAL Single-Barrel Organic Bourbon, Ganache Swirl & Maple-Candied Pecans” by Tammy Giuliani, Stella Luna Gelato Café – Ottawa – Canada
  • Winner Technical Jury Award: “Saffron Pistachio with Candied Lemon Peel Gelato” by Gianluigi Dellaccio, Dolci Gelati Café – Washington DC – USA


Special Mentions:

  • People’s Choice goes to “Texas Pecan Pie” by Matthew Lee, TÈO – Austin – Texas, and “Passion Fruit Ricotta with Candied Walnuts” by Natalie Yepes, Dolci Peccati Gelato – Miami – Florida – USA
  • Journalist’s Choice goes to “Windy City S’mores” by Baron Gottsacker, Bent Spoon Gelato – Sheboygan – Wisconsin – USA
  • Special Mention Maestri Gelatieri award is the flavor “Maple Gelato” by Loris Carlo & Leonardo de Prato, Leonardo’s Gelateria, Barre, Vermont – USA