National Selections : Italy :
Fabrizio Galla wins Italian selection for World Chocolate Masters
Rimini, January 2004 – After a breath taking competition, Fabrizio Galla was elected as the winner of the Italian selection for the World Chocolate Masters.
Fabrizio Galla, a young restaurant owner in Torino, amazed both the jury and the visitors at the fair with his impressive chocolate showpiece. In a very original and essential way, Galla presented a telephone, TV, computer, and even the first man walking to the moon, floating in the background of a big parabola. With the competition theme of this Italian selection, being “20th century: discoveries and happenings that changed the world”, his showpiece was considered not only to be very beautiful, but also a very good interpretation. The most represented theme in the other showpieces was “Genetics”, undoubtedly a hotly discussed subject over the past decades.
Apart from the showpiece they brought along, the contestants had to prepare in place, 3 identical chocolate cakes and 50 pralines – all within 3 hours and in front of the jury and a large professional audience. This feeling of time pressure and stress created an unforgettable atmosphere of competition and at the same time collaboration between the contestants.
All contestants and their creations were evaluated by an impressive jury, amongst whom were many famous international names like Paul Wittamer and Marc Debailleul. The judges were assigned to three different groups:
- Artistic section : evaluating the sculptures from the point of view of the harmony of the shapes, originality, movements and the respect to the imposed theme.
- Tasting section : blind tasting of the cakes and pralines
- Savoir Faire section : evaluating the professionalism and skills of the candidates at work.
Fabrizio Galla received his trophy and the ticket to the finals from Giuseppe Nobile, Gourmet Sales Director of Barry Callebaut Italia and Andrea Slitti, President of the Jury.