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Sigep 2019: an appointment with the talent of worldwide artisan confectionery

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RIMINI, ItalyThe 40th Sigep (Rimini Expo Centre, 19-23 January 2019) will look to the future, celebrating the tradition of the world’s leading trade fair for artisan confectionery and pursuing the aim of highlighting the talent of great professionals, from the youngest to well-known international masters.

Sigep 2019 will sum up the activity of highlighting the product chains carried out worldwide in recent months in the great show that for 40 years has turned the spotlight on the Italian Exhibition Group expo, with its sectors dedicated to artisan gelato, pastry, bakery and coffee, under the banner of this huge event for food service.

As far as pastry is concerned, the spotlight is on the fifth edition of the Junior World Pastry Championship, with the best young (under-23) talents competing for a coveted title of extraordinary quality. Contestants are from: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Philippines, France, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan.

In the competing countries selections are proceeding to choose the participants and in the next three months are scheduled in Croatia, the Philippines, France, India and Singapore. The Italian team, selected at Sigep 2018, will be formed by Filippo Valsecchi (Lecco) and Vincenzo Donnarumma (Naples).

Junior World Pastry Championship

The Junior World Pastry Championship, conceived 10 years ago by master pastry chef Roberto Rinaldini, will have “Flying” as its theme and each contestant will have the support of a team to help him show his talent in the seven tests involved. The competition will be staged on the first two days of Sigep in the Pastry Arena (Hall B5) and the awards ceremony is scheduled for 5:00 pm on Sunday 20th January 2019.

The new feature in 2019 will be the International Pastry Camp, a valuable opportunity to show the evolution of the pastry schools that are emerging throughout the world. The best young pastry chefs will arrive from seven countries: the “pastry stars” of the future who will show their skills in the Pastry Arena, making the world’s typical desserts on Monday 21st January. Another showcase is added to the traditional Sigep Giovani, scheduled for Wednesday 23rd with the participation of Italian schools, in collaboration with Conpait, Pasticceria internazionale and Castalimenti. As of this year, Sigep Giovani officially becomes one of the key events of the Pastry Arena calendar.


The Pastry Queen

On Monday 21st January, the Pastry Arena hosts the selections to form the Italian team that will compete at The Pastry Queen in 2020, access to which is possible by excelling in the three tests foreseen for the selection among the best lady pastry chefs.

At the 40th Sigep another key player will be the spectacular Star of Sugar contest, which will join the Pastry Events. International sugar masters will present their spectacular creations in an area adjacent to the Pastry Arena at the expo, where they will remain on show for all five days.

On Tuesday 22nd January the Pastry Arena will host the Italian Junior and Senior Pastry Championships. As well as already successful professionals, performances by young talents on the profession’s launching pad. The winner will represent Italy at the 2021 Junior World Pastry Championship in Rimini. Registration is open until 30th November.

Pastry Events Committee

The absolute quality of the events is ensured by a Pastry Events Committee, whose permanent members are pastry’s most authoritative personalities, coordinated by master pastry chef Roberto Rinaldini: Iginio Massari (Honorary President of the Academy of Italian Master Pastry Chefs and Honorary  President of the Jury of the Junior World Championship), Gino Fabbri (President of the Academy of Italian Master Pastry Chefs), Vittorio Santoro (Director, CASTAlimenti and Contest Official), Federico Anzelotti (Chairman, Conpait and President of the Italian Junior and Senior Pastry Competitions), Livia Chiriotti (Chief Editor, Pasticceria Internazionale), Ennio Parentini (General Manager, Gruppo Mobe), Igor Maiellano (Sales Manager, Valrhona Italia), Greta Fossati Trade Marketing Events and Promotion, Friesland Campina) and Giorgia Maioli, Sigep pastry brand manager.

Pastry Event Sponsors

Partners: Valrhona, Besozzi Oro, Debic – Silver Sponsors: Hausbrandt, La Spaziale, Silikomart – Technical Sponsors: Bragard, Bravo, Cascina Italia, Kitchenaid, Laped, Irinox, Lainox, Sagi, Selmi, Sirman – Media Partners: Pasticceria Internazionale, Il Pasticcere, Dulcipas, Punto It, Il Gelatiere Italiano, Dolcesalato; Konditorei&Café

Sigep Gelato D’oro Selections under way

On the gelato front, everything is ready for the ten dates on the run-up to the Sigep Gelato d’Oro on the premises of the Carpigiani distribution network. Gelato makers, pastry chefs and chefs will have to pass these difficult tests in order to compete at Sigep 2019 (from 19th to 21st January) for the possibility of joining the team that will take part in the ninth Gelato World Cup in 2020.

The program involves nine stages reserved for gelato makers and pastry chefs and one reserved for chefs on the Bologna campus of the Carpigiani Gelato University on 22nd October. The selections will be held in Turin (24th and 25th September), Rimini (1st and 2nd October), Barletta (8th and 9th October), Vicenza (15th and 16th October), Bologna (22nd October the date reserved for chefs), Milan (29th and 30th October), Messina (12th and 13th November), Rome (19th and 20th November), Perugia (22nd and 23rd November) and Naples (26th and 27th November).

The 2019 Italian Sigep Gelato d’Oro selections are organized by Carpigiani dealers with the support of Carpigiani Gelato University and the patronage of Sigep – Italian Exhibition Group and Gelato e Cultura. Event sponsors: Comprital, Valrhona and IFI.  To register for the 2019 Italian Sigep Gelato d’Oro selections or for further information:

Focus On Sigep 2019

Dates: 19 – 23 January 2019; Organizers: Italian Exhibition Group SpA; edition: 40th Sigep; frequency: annual; classification: international; admittance: trade members only; hours: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm, last day 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (3:00 – 5:00 pm only with online tickets); Group Brand manager: Flavia Morelli; brand managers: Gabriella de Girolamo and Giorgia Maioli; visitor  info: +39 0541 744111; Web site: – #Sigep2019


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