Join Futura at the PAPAs Pizza Chef of the Year Finals

Futura Foods are again proudly sponsoring The Pizza Chef of the Year category at the PAPAs Awards. The competition challenges the best pizzaiolos in the UK to create a pizza using an ingredient that we have selected.

This year, we choose our IQF Burrata as the ingredient that chefs needed to showcase. Burrata, meaning ‘buttered’ in Italian, is a mozzarella ball filled with an oozing centre of Stracciatella and is perfect for topping pizzas.

Additionally, as an IQF product, read more about our IQF range here, it is ideally suited to pizza establishments in the fight against food waste, taking a product with a typically short shelf life, and transforming it into an item that can be stored long term, without any risk of losing the dramatic oozing centre when cut open.

We received 61 entries from chefs all over the UK, each providing their own unique take on how Burrata should be celebrated. After a tough judging process, the top 6 have been put through to the live final in October, where they will have to cook their creation for the judging panel that includes top chef Theo Randall and pizza expert Marco Fuso.

I Love Italian Food Show

This year the final round of the competition is held at the I Love Italian Food Show on the 11th October at Porchester Hall, London. The event is a celebration of all things Italian, with this edition placing a special focus on pizza and pasta.

As well as being able to view the chefs cook and serve their pizzas in all three categories of the Pizza Chef of the Year competition, the event also provides an insight into what’s on trend in Italian cuisine.

The menu includes a look at the new padellino trend – a pizza prepared and baked in a little pot, a wine tasting and food pairing session, and a contemporary Neapolitan pizza masterclass. Top Italian chefs including Enzo Oliveri, Davide Civitiello, and Michele Pascarella will also be attending the show.

Additionally, some of the biggest Italian food producer, and protection consortia will be exhibiting their products and services to attendees.

Sample RAGAZZI! at I Love Italian Food Show

On top of all that, the Futura team will be on hand to sample the newest member of our family. RAGAZZI! is a range of authentic PDO & premium Italian cheeses, with a striking appearance and convenient consumer formats and sizes. The range includes Parmigiano Reggiano in both wedge and grated formats, a creamy mozzarella ball and bite-sized mozzarella pearls, as well as a classic hard cheese shaker.

Make sure you stop by the RAGAZZI! stand to try out these brand-new products.

I Love Italian Food Show, featuring the PAPA Pizza Chef of the Year final
Tuesday 11th October
10:00am – 7:00pm
Porchester Hall, London

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