“Black Forest” by Zoia Deninska and Aleksandra Nicolova from Yoanna Gelato Italiano in Blagoevgrad has been selected among the competing flavors by a jury composed of experts during the Gelato Festival Challenge in Sofia.
Gelato Festival Challenge continues its journey around the world making a stop in SOFIA on April 17TH where 12 Bulgarian gelato artisans took part in the sweetest competition of the year hosted at the Bulgaria Mall by SBI BG EOOD, Carpigiani distributor for BULGARIA. The winning flavor is “Black Forest” by Zoia Deninska and Aleksandra Nicolova from Yoanna Gelato Italiano in Blagoevgrad, a delicious reinterpretation of the famous cake with chocolate and cherries.
The selected gelato artisan goes on to the European Finals of Gelato Festival scheduled for 2020 in Italy at the Carpigiani Gelato University headquarters. Flavor, structure, creativity and presentation are the four parameters used for the evaluation, highlighting the choice of ingredients, the craftsmanship in elaborating the recipe and the visual impact of the gelato (see below the full list of participants).
The jury also awarded the “Next Generation” prize to the best young gelato artisan (30 years old and below), which went to Stoyan Avramov from Marmalad World in Varna with flavor “Lemon Cheesecake with Carrot”, a creative version of the traditional cheesecake with homemade glazed carrots. The young artisan will participate in the Next Generation Finale to be held in Florence in 2019, where the best gelato artisan under 30 will be selected to take part in the 2021 World Finale of the Gelato Festival World Masters.
The jury was composed of Chef Andrei Stoilov (chief of the Bulgarianassociation of professional cooks), Chef Julia Pandjerova (Pastry academy, School of tourism and food – lecturer and master pastry chef), Chef Elica Bojinova (member of the Bulgarian association of professional cooks – master chocolatiers), Chef Dimitar Klaklov (Catering and restaurant chain chief of cooks), Chef Petko Kostadnov (Pastry chef and decorator) and Chef Sandra Aleksieva (Food blogger and owner of culinary website).
Having made its 2010 debut in Florence inspired by the first gelato recipe by the versatile architect Bernardo Buontalenti in 1559, Gelato Festival has continued to spread artisan gelato culture for nine consecutive years. From its inception, Gelato Festival has spread through Italy and next through Europe and, since 2017, in the United States. Gelato Festival will continue to promote gelato culture and appreciation throughout the globe with its road to the world championship of Gelato Festival World Masters 2021.
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