On live at the Illinois Challenge!

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May 27-29

China Challenge

August 5-7

Illinois Challenge

Sept 24-25 2016

German Challenge

Jan 21-22 2017

Italian Challenge

23-27 March 2017

Illinois Challenge in conjunction with Chicago Gourmet

The Gelato World Tour, the world’s premiere cross-cultural artisan gelato competition is holding qualifying rounds throughout the United States. The first of four competitions will be held in conjunction with Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet, one of the nation’s largest and most celebrated culinary events. With more than 200 restaurants and chefs, this interactive, epicurean affair showcases many of the finest in the culinary world. The two events have joined forces to continue to celebrate quality food and the chefs behind the cuisine.

The first place flavor from the Illinois Challenge will move on to the Grand Finale in Italy to compete against the top flavors from around the world.  The finale will be held in Rimini, Italy, September 8-10, 2017.  The flavors will be evaluated by a technical jury composed of John Coletta, Executive Chef and Co-Founder of Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar; Italian Trade Agency’s Deputy Trade Commissioner, Gabriele Barone; and Mario Rizzotti, acclaimed television personality and Italian culinary expert, best known as a judge of “Iron Chef America;” The technical jury’s vote is worth 50% of the final score. The other 50% will be determined by a public vote, acquired through voting cards available at the Tasting tent.

The flavors that were selected to compete at the Gelato World Tour Illinois Challenge Tasting Pavilion 10 in the Chicago Gourmet Main event at Millennium Park are:

Caramelized Coconut Fudge – Coconut base with caramelized and toasted coconut pieces. Layers of fudge swirls.
By Chef Amy Arnold from Bombo Bar

Dark chocolate – Cardamom – Goat — Creamy, chocolatey, smoky and smooth
By Chef Marjorie Easley from Coda di Volpe

Pink Peppercorn and Balsamic – A pink peppercorn-flavored base with a rich balsamic cream ribbon
By Chef Massimo Campagnini & Chef Kristina Lee from Volare Restaurant

Argentine Sambayón – Argentine Sambayón is a sophisticated blend of whipped egg custard infused with sweet marsala wine and swirled with dulce de leche milk caramel
By Chef Sebastián Koziura from FRÍO Gelato

Breakfast at Nonna’s House – Fior di latte gelato with Red Currants and Vanilla Almond Granola
By Chef Michael E. Meranda from Gelato D’Oro

Raspberry Rose Petal – Seedling Farms red raspberries and Turkish rose water, roasted Raspberry Jam
By Chef Jessica Oloroso & Chef Baron Von Gottsacker from Black Dog Gelato

Bella Sicilia – Spiced Bronte Pistachio with white & dark chocolate
By Chef Tony Priolo from Piccolo Sogno

To see all the participants click here

The Gelato World Tour, which is supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of Economic Development, as well as the Regione Emilia Romagna, is the first international traveling competition in search of the best flavors in the world. Gelato World Tour has visited ten Gelato Capitals – Rome, Valencia, Melbourne, Dubai, Austin, Berlin, Rimini, Singapore, Tokyo and Chicago. The tour also hosts more than 30 smaller competitions, like the Illinois Challenge, around the globe in locations such as Italy, China and Colombia. The Tour is directed by Carpigiani Gelato University, the world’s most renowned school for successful gelato entrepreneurs, and Sigep – Rimini Fiera, the world’s premier artisan gelato trade show. Two important partners make this event possible: IFI, international leader in the manufacturing of display cases for gelaterias, and PreGel America, the world’s largest producer of ingredients for gelato, pastry and coffee shops.

Now in its ninth year, Chicago Gourmet, the nation’s premier culinary experience aimed at promoting Chicago’s world-class culinary community, takes place September 23-25, 2016. It was created by the Illinois Restaurant Association to celebrate and honor both Chicago’s culinary achievements and the creative vision of the chefs, Master Sommeliers, and wine-, spirit-, and beer-makers who participate. It also spotlights Chicago as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent. For more information, please visit www.chicagogourmet.org and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

After the Illinois Challenge, we are heading to California for another qualifying round. If you have a gelato business in the Americas and would like to apply, please download the application form here.