Giorgio Nava wins big at the World Pasta Championship in Parma

Saturday, 22 June, 2013
95 Keerom
Italian Chef and restaurateur Giorgio Nava has won the World Pasta Championship in Parma with a low-cost recipe that he said suited Italy’s deep economic crisis.
Well known for his dedicated work ethic, his unerring commitment to quality and his nose for bringing foodies the next best thing, Giorgio is one of South Africa’s most successful chefs and restaurateurs, with his restaurants 95 Keerom, Carne SA, Caffe Milano and Mozzarella Bar in Cape Town.

The event, which was held for the first time last year, took place on Saturday 15 June 2013 at the Barilla Food Academy (Academia Barilla) in Parma. Held over a course of two days, the forum played host to 24 carefully chosen chefs from around the world and allowed these specialist chefs to compare notes, enjoy varied demonstrations and presentations and cook together while sharing their love of upholding the pillars of authentic Italian cuisine.

Battling it out against world-class chefs and in front of a panel of both professional judges and a public jury, Giorgio opted to reflect his ‘keep it simple but perfect’ mantra, producing a light and flavourful plate of cavatelli, broccoli and oregano flowers. “Simplicity was the key. I presented a recipe that is very cheap but very tasty,” Nava told journalists after his victory. “Others competed with expensive fish-based recipes but right now, given the economic situation in Italy, it did not seem right to come forward with extravagant dishes.”

For Giorgio, the Forum and subsequent competition were unforgettable opportunities that have fired him up to continue with his approach to producing the best possible Italian food outside of Italy. “To be judged by Italian professionals and to get recognition in the environment where authenticity is everything means a lot and it has inspired me to work even harder to maintain the standards of cuisine I’ve created at my restaurants”, says this North Italian native who has brought an outstanding quality of Italian cuisine to South African shores.

Producing only the very best on a plate is what drives Giorgio, and devotees and diners at his eateries have much to be grateful for, as they reap the delicious rewards.

95 Keerom is located at 95 Keerom Street, Gardens, Cape Town. Open for lunch on Thursday and Friday and for dinner from Monday to Saturday. 

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