Salumi & Meat

Three young German chefs discover Italy thanks to its cold cuts

The first contest at JRE academies rewards creativity. The event involved 30 of the most promising students in the country, who will be soon guests of the cured meats Consortia for a tour in the production areas

Three new recipes based on cold cuts combinations won the jury of experts of the first contest promoted in Germany – in the framework of the ‘European Authentic Pleasure’ campaign. Co-funded by the EU, in partnership with the Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE) association, the initiative saw three new creative recipes reach the podium: ‘Italian Gyoza’, a recipe based on Modena PGI Zampone, ‘L’acqua dolce ama i salumi’, with the bold combination of Finocchiona PGI and trout fillet and ‘Insalata di zampone tiepido su lenticchie’ (salad of warm zampone with lentils), and ‘Tortellini di cotechino con purea di patate viola’ (cotechino-filled pasta with purple potato purée).

The winners

The three young winning chefs – who outperformed thirty of their under-40 colleagues among the most highly rated in the country – are Jennifer Massier (born 1987), Florian Hieke (just twenty years old) and Thien Duc Le Cong (born 1992). Massier and Le Cong are both working at Herrmann’s Romantik Posthotel as students of Alexander Herrmann, a Michelin-starred (since 2008) celebrity chef also thanks to his participation in ‘Kitchen Impossible’, ‘The Taste’, and ‘Kerners Köche’. Hieke is a young promise of German cuisine who is already working at the Romantik-Hotel Spielweg in Münstertal/Schwarzwald. The three chefs will participate in a study trip to Italy to discover the places of production of PDO and PGI cold cuts, with a whole day to spend at FICO Eataly World. They will be accompanied on this tour by specialists from the Consortia promoting the initiative (Istituto Valorizzazione Salumi Italiani, Consorzio Cacciatore Italiano, Consorzio Mortadella Bologna, Consorzio Zampone and Cotechino Modena IGP) who will reveal all the secrets behind the authentic and unmistakable flavor of these products.

The project

The project is implementing several activities in Germany in collaboration with the JRE, involving both members and students. For example, organizing 3 masterclasses on Italian cured meats in the Paul Kerschensteiner cooking school in Bad Überkingen, not far from Stuttgart, in March. The European Authentic Pleasure project, which will involve the four Consortia for three years, aims to spread knowledge and increase the level of recognition of Italian cured meat, rigorously PDO and PGI certified, in the German market. The campaign is on the website http://www.europeanauthenticpleasure.eu. The reference hashtag for all social media activities is: #enjoy_EAP (European Authentic Pleasure).

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