Lorenzo Cogo the youngest Michelin starred chef-owner in Italy appears in a brand new social media video (watch YouTube version) providing a fascinating insight into his personal story and how his restaurant El Coq in Vicenza, Veneto was voted The Best Contemporary Restaurant in Italy 2018 at the recent Dublin ceremony of The Love Italian Life Awards.
Lorenzo perfected his craft as a young protégé to chef Heston Blumenthal, owner of three Michelin starred restaurant The Fat Duck. The awards ceremony that celebrates the greatest Italian chefs and restaurants in the UK, Ireland and Italy will celebrate the 2019 edition on October 30th this year.
Accepting the prestigious accolade, Cogo said: “It was an absolute honour to receive The Best Contemporary Restaurant in Italy Award because it was voted for by an important balance of industry experts as well as the public which was incredibly rewarding.”
Cogo who grew up in Vicenza located in the northeastern Italian region of Veneto achieved his first Michelin star at the tender age of 25 with his restaurant El Coq. He has a culinary repertoire of UK and global restaurant experience which has included him working in kitchens alongside other food experts such as Heston Blumenthal in the UK, Mark Best in Australia, the three Michelin starred Seiji Yamamoto in Japan and Victor Arguinzoniz in Spain. With his vast knowledge of international cuisine, Lorenzo prides himself on combining this diverse expertise with the local Veneto traditions to create a refreshingly modern outlook and delivery of Italian food and culture.
Neil Cameron, the Co Founder of The Love Italian Life Awards said “In this video we are proud to help tell the remarkable story of Chef Lorenzo Cogo and his restaurant journey with El Coq which won last year’s Best Contemporary Restaurant in Italy award. The video explores the raw passion Lorenzo has for contemporary Italian cuisine, his international influences, culinary vision and intrinsic cooking techniques.”
About The Awards
At the Love Italian Life Awards ceremony, the greatest Italian restaurants and chefs in the UK, Ireland and Italy are announced with over 20 different categories include the Best Contemporary Restaurant in individual Italian regions, the national winner of Italy, The Best Authentic Italian Restaurant in London along with The Best Italian Chef in Europe (Female + Male) and the Italian Lifetime Achievement award.
What are the Rules of the Awards Voting Process?
For the first round of public voting, a shortlist of restaurants across all 2019 award category regions and cities are selected by a panel of independent Italian food & beverage experts including renowned critics, award winning writers and exhibition judges. Key assessment criteria included the quality of ingredients, recipe innovation, contemporary Italian cooking techniques, dish presentation and Italian heritage of chefs. Each of these locations enter a local online public vote for the chance to secure the proud status of winning their regional award category. The top two seeded restaurants for each of the regions then enter the last round of the competition with a place at the final awards ceremony on October 30th. The winning regional restaurants are announced at the award ceremony as well as the national prize of one location being crowned the Best Contemporary Restaurant in Italy for 2019 which is decided by a final online public vote for all ceremony final nominees.
The Love Italian Life 2019 Awards
This year’s results will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on October 30th and published live on https://loveitalianlife.com/
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