On Thursday 12 September in Milan, the Mengoni room of Cracco Bistro in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele hosted the final of Panettone Day competition. The jury, led by maestro Iginio Massari, decreed Francesco Bertolini, Matteo Frigeni and Domenico Napoleone as winners respectively for the traditional, creative and Ruby chocolate category.
The seventh edition of the contest was again a success, involving 240 professionals from 17 Italian regions for a total of 508 panettone in the competition. 25 Italian pastry shops reached the final, ready to undergo the evaluation of a jury composed of pastry chefs Salvatore de Riso and Davide Comaschi, the winner of the 2018 edition Raffaele Romano and the radio speaker Marisa Passera, headed by maestro Iginio Massari.
The winners' creations respected the different criteria required: cooking, uniform arrangement of raisins and candied fruit, color, honeycomb, quality of ingredients, taste and appearance.
This year's edition also saw the participation of the panettone signed by chef Suzuki of the Italian restaurant Piatto Suzuki, a Michelin star in Tokyo, out of competition.
The competition - conceived by Braims in partnership with Novacart and in collaboration with Callebaut, Vitalfood and CAST Alimenti - aims to support and promote one of the symbolic products of Italian pastry and the value of the craftsmanship of small local businesses. The finalists now have the opportunity to sell their panettone at the Temporary Store open for the entire month of October in Milan.