Press Release

CENTITALIA! The Extraordinary Italian Taste arrives at Centennial College

Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) and Centennial College embark on a week of authentic Italian cooking, education, and the Italian food lifestyle


Toronto, October 19, 2016 – As part of this year’s The Extraordinary Italian Taste program, the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) and Centennial College are teaming up for CENTITALIA!, the first collaboration as part of a new partnership between the organizations. From November 14 – 18, prominent chefs, food and wine experts, restaurateurs, influencers, educators, journalists, and foodies are coming together to celebrate the charm and simplicity of the Italian way of living. Authenticity is at the heart of the week, and a number of events will educate Canadian food lovers about the unique characteristics of Italian DOP and IGP products, and other protected designations.


“CENTITALIA will present new innovative ideas for the preparation and consumption of Italian food products to better enhance their qualities and uniqueness,” explains Corrado Paina, Executive Director, Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario, “ICCO has been given the mandate to carry on this project by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and is proud to have Centennial College as a local partner. We hope this collaboration will be the first of a long partnership, that will combine memory, history, culture, arts and business for the future generations of Canadians.”


Keynote speaker Chef Rob Gentile (Buca) will kick off the week’s main event, Centennial’s first ever Italian Food Symposium, which will include a series of workshops and master classes on food and wine specialties, as well as DOP and IGP products. The week’s program of events will be coordinated by Centennial College Executive Chef Alison Iannarelli. Coming all the way from Italy, Chef Ugo Mura, Chef Valentino Cassanelli, Chef Paolo Cacciani, and Chef Filippo Saporito will take up residency at Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. The Food Symposium will be open to the public, making it an ideal event for chefs and serious foodies alike. The week concludes with an elegant gala experience, ICCO’s Pentola d’Oro, their annual awards ceremony, recognizing achievements in the Ontario food industry. The gala will take place on November 18 at the Carlu in Toronto.

As the central hub of CENTITALIA activities, Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts boasts a striking new 350,000 sq. ft. facility, home of the school and Centennial’s student residence. The program provides a world-class learning experience to students aspiring to join the industry, and CENTITALIA will offer them the rare opportunity to work along-side renowned Italian chefs, while also being introduced to industry leaders, influencers, and chefs.

“Our priority is to bring students and community together to learn about the global influence of food,” says Joe Baker, Dean, Centennial’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. “Our school prides itself on teaching skills essential for our students’ success when they enter industry – locally or around the world. This partnership will give us the chance to celebrate the quality and authenticity of Italian food and beverage, all while helping our students become job ready.”

Also follow @ItalChambers, @CentennialEDU, and #CENTITALIA to keep up-to-date on event details!



From November 15 – 18, Italian chefs – Chef Ugo Mura, Chef Valentino Cassanelli, Chef Paolo Cacciani, and Chef Filippo Saporito – will deliver intensive master classes, lectures, and food demonstrations, offering creative freedom in creating unique menus.


On November 15, Centennial College’s Food Symposium brings together chefs, food and wine experts, restauranteurs, influencers, educators, and industry mavens for a day of food education, inspiration and celebration. The symposium includes a panel discussion, key note speakers, and food demonstrations in Centennial College’s state-of-the-art facilities.


The week long initiative will conclude on November 18 with ICCO’s Pentola d’Oro gala evening, an annual event for the food industry, to be held at the Carlu in Toronto.

Full Program Details here


To speak with spokespeople from ICCO or Centennial College, for additional program details, or high-res images, please connect with one of our media contacts:

Hayley Lang / Heidi Ruggier
Consultant / President
Matte PR
416-515-7667 /

Mark Toljagic
Communications Officer, Marketing & Communications
Centennial College
416-289-5000, ext. 7142





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