Archives for June, 2015

15 Jun 2015

Top Pizzaioli face-off at the Arla Mozzarella Pizza Challenge 2015

Chefs compete to win a professional pizza course at the Accademia Pizzaioli in Italy

The Arla Mozzarella Malta Pizza Challenge is the first of its kind in Malta, seeking to award the top pizzaiolo on the Maltese Islands by bringing together over 25 chefs to compete in a culinary showdown of technique, skill, style and creativity.

1-3The competition, consisting a junior group and a separate group for professionals, took place between the 29th and 31st May at Melita Gardens in Balzan.

Contestants were given 30 minutes to impress the judges with 4 pizzas each: a classica, a calzone, a focaccia and a mystery pizza. The mystery pizza provided contestants with the opportunity to combine the traditional principles of pizza baking with their own creative taste combinations.

International judges Mr. Adriano Tona (Accademia Pizzaioli), Mr. Tomasso Ruggieri (Head Chef Menu Srl) and Mr. Jeppe Gammelby (Arla Foods amba) critically evaluated and scored each step in the pizza making process. This entailed the preparation, baking, taste and visual presentation of the pizzas. The overall hygiene of the contestants’ workstations was also evaluated.

Matthew Faenza received the award for the Most Promising Pizzaiolo in the junior group, which was made up entirely of ITS students. Following in second place was Chloe Crossly and in third place Luke Ellul.

Giuseppe De Luca was proven to be the true champion of the day. Not only did he take home the title of the Top Pizzaiolo in the professionals group, but also claimed 2nd place for his Classica, Focaccia and Mystery Pizza. The win entitled Giuseppe De Luca to the grand prize of a professional pizza course at the acclaimed Accademia Pizzaioli in Italy, including flights and accommodation. The runner up, Isaac Cocker, also claimed first prize for his Classica and Dennis Buttigieg, the 2nd runner up, for his Mystery Pizza.

Speaking at the end of the event, Antoinette Stellini, Director of Sales at AppleCore Foods said “We’re glad that this first edition of the Arla Mozzarella Malta Pizza Challenge has been an all-round success, giving local pizzaioli the opportunity to compete in a professional competition. Following the encouraging feedback we received, we plan to host the challenge as a national annual calendar event. We invite all chefs, aspiring or professional to participate.”

The next challenge will take place in the last week of May 2016. All proceeds from the entrance fees for this event are being donated to Puttinu Cares.

Click here to view a photo gallery of this event



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8 Jun 2015

Lurpak €10,000 cash prize campaign rewards final winners

Consumers win big with Lurpak Spreadable Butter

The Lurpak Win €10,000 nation-wide campaign has drawn to an end, with the last three lucky winners being awarded attractive cash prizes by AppleCore Foods.

Alfrida Barbara won the Grand Prize worth €4,000 with Nicolette Desira and Susan Farrugia picking up the runners up cash prizes. This brought the total to 11 Lurpak consumers who this year won a prize with Lurpak Spreadable Butter.

Chris Zammit Lupi, Brand Manager at AppleCore Foods (left), and Henrik Skab, Export Manager at Arla Foods amba (right), presenting the Grand Prize to Mrs Alfrida Barbara.

Chris Zammit Lupi, Brand Manager at AppleCore Foods (left), and Henrik Skab, Export Manager at Arla Foods amba (right), presenting the Grand Prize to Mrs Alfrida Barbara.

The cash prize campaign was organised by food and beverage importers and distributors AppleCore Foods, who launched the campaign earlier on this year as part of their efforts to promote butter as a healthier alternative for everyday cooking and eating.

Thousands of local consumers sent in their coupons and Lurpak Spreadable butter lids in a bid to win one of the many attractive cash prizes at stake.

Lurpak Brand Manager Chris Zammit Lupi explained that the company is very pleased with the overwhelming response from consumers. “We strove to reward our customers once again this year and also thank them for choosing Lurpak Spreadable butter. Congratulations to the winners! We also aimed to raise awareness amongst Maltese consumers on the health benefits of using butter instead of margarine; something which interventional cardiology specialists have repeatedly endorsed.”


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