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Crave Sydney finale


Italian food fans can look forward to a rare treat as Sydney's Italian food godfathers pass the pans to Gen X. The city's young Italian chefs take over the menu when the Sydney International Food Festival wraps up on Monday 31 October. The Council of Italian Restaurants in Australia (CIRA), the nation's foremost Italian food authority, is breaking with tradition by calling exclusively on the talents of these younger chefs to cook for their annual CIRA-ALMA Gala Dinner.

Featuring will be: Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at The Spit and Spiedo Restaurant & Bar), Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Eugenio Maiale (A Tavola), Nino Zoccali (Pendolino) and Richard Ptacnik (Otto). They are each charged with creating a course and selecting matching Italian wines. Held at Doltone House in Pyrmont, the dinner celebrates the regional diversity of Italy's food and wine. For $165 per person ($1500 for a table of ten) food fans can enjoy a taste of five of Australia's top Italian restaurants and their celebrated chefs.

As always the dinner is themed. This year the chefs must explore the romantic regions of Italy. Italophiles might find this confusing, asking 'Are there any non-amorous regions of Italy?' CIRA President, Lucio Galletto, says: "This year the younger generation of CIRA chefs has taken over the running of the dinner. Armando and I are looking forward to some innovative and exciting dishes from them, while we sit back, relax and enjoy the show. As always there is sure to be plenty of banter and friendly rivalry as the chefs argue about each region's diversity in food and romanticism. 

The CIRA-ALMA dinner is also a night to celebrate for one hard working young chef, who will take home the organisation's Young Talent Award at the end of the night. The winner, as judged by Janni Kyritisis, Stefano Manfredi and Terry Durack, receives a trip to historic Parma, Italy, to study at the internationally renowned ALMA, Italy's premier school of Italian cuisine.

Tickets can be booked through CIRA.



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