Wednesday, April 1, 2015

[Singapore] Gelato World Tour 2.0

Singapore was chosen to be the world's first Asian Gelato capital on the Second Edition of the Gelato World Tour. This event was held at Marina Bay Sands. The Gelato Village flagged off the 'Formula One of Gelato' and in conjunction with the celebration of the 50 years anniversary of Singapore.

The Gelato World Tour, the first international travelling competition in search of the best flavors throughout the world, is directed by the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato University. It is also co-hosted by Sigep, the most important exhibition in the world for the artisan production of gelato, pastries, confectionery and bakery products, all held in Rimini Italy.
The 16 Gelato Artisans are experts in dessert making and with their vast experience, they produced a sumptuous array of flavors.
I met up with my peers to visit the Gelato Village, as we are gelato lovers. We came in group and savored the 16 flavors offered throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Visitors were welcome to vote for their favorite flavors from the top 16 finalists. The votes from the visitors and GWT’s Technical Jury will determined the top three flavors to represent the Asia Pacific region at the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour 2.0, that will be finally held in Rimini, Italy in 2017.
We were delighted by the amazing flavours freshly created on the spot and presented by new, as well as seasoned Gelato Artisans from the Pacific Asian Region as they pit themselves against each other in the quest to win the prestigious 'World’s Best Gelato' title.  
 We tried the below flavors during our stay at the Gelato Village...
Coffee and Nuts with Sesame Brittle by Angsna Dhippayom of I-Kitchen Restaurant, Had Yai, Thailand
Singapore Sling by Charles Tan of FATCAT Ice Cream Bar, Singapore
Chendol Merdeka by Marco Alfero of Alfero Artisan Gelato, Singapore
Kochi Popz by Chronos Chan and Eunice Soon of Tom’s Palette, Singapore 
Burnt Butter with toffee almond brittle by Robbie Hill of Yamba Ice Creamery, Yamba, NSW, Australia
We had so much fun tasting the gelato from the 16 finalists, and we were overloaded with Gelato!
Mango Ube Symphony by Zarah Zaragoza -Manikan of Bono Artisanal Gelato, Makati City, Manila, Philippines was awarded a Special Mention by the People's Choice

Croccante alla Fragola by Mirko Stortini of Gelato Italia, Hanoi, Vietnam was winner of the 'Stack it high showdown' by PreGel.  

Beer with Ciambella by Harish Doneka of Pick Me Up Cafe, Singapore was the winner of The 'Tonda Challenge' by IFI.

Caramel and Almond Crunch by Vanjimuthu Palaniswamy & Kavithamani Vanjimuthu of Boomerang, Coimbatore, India was awarded the Special Mention by the Maestri Gelatieri.
 Lemon Zest with Fig Marmalade & Dark Chocolate by Antonino Lo Iacono of Gelatony, Sydney, NSW, Australia was awarded The Judge's Special Mention.
On the final day of the Gelato World Tour in Singapore, there was a jury challenge where the 16 top gelato artisans presented their signature flavors to the technical jury, led by the President Chef Justin Quek from Sky on the 57 and the Vice President, Christopher Christie, Executive Chef of Marina Bay Sands.
The defining moment of the Gelato World Tour 2.0 has arrived when the gelato artisans were rewarded for their dedication and hard work, and the top three flavors were...
Good ‘Ol Days by Sharon Tay of Momolato, Singapore
Roasted Walnut and Honey Crunch by David Lamprell, Michael & Brian O’Donnell of 48 Flavours, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Vanilla of the East by Keewin & Seow Han Ong of Cielo Dolci, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
All the best to the top 3 flavors who will represent the Asia Pacific region at the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour 2.0 in Rimini, Italy in 2017.
We had a great time in trying ourselves all the delightful of gelato at the Gelato World Tour 2.0, and thanks for the inviting me to this extraordinary event!

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