Feature: Artisan gelato remains successful business for Italy, but Ice Cream World Cup goes to France


by Alessandra Cardone
RIMINI, Italy, Jan. 20 — The “Ice Cream World Cup” competition took place at the Sigep Exhibition in Rimini on Saturday and Sunday, teams from France, Italy, and, quite surprisingly, the “outsider” Poland won the first three awards.
Eleven countries took part in the two-day contest with a five-member team: a manager, a gelato-maker captain, a confectioner , according to statistics.
Around 150,000 people are being employed in it, and yet, despite the crisis, it seems to be not enough: 600 jobs, or 13 percent of the planned recruitment, went unfilled in 2013, according to Confcommercio business association.
The trend didn’t pass unnoticed to experts, especially in the light of the high unemployment rates, 11.3 percent overall and over 40 percent among youth.
Cast Alimenti, the culinary school in Brescia that hosted the Italian team’s training for the World Cup, gave proof of this attention.
“A growing interest for Italian specialities and artisan productions is opening fresh opportunities in the job market, here and abroad,” Cast Alimenti director Vittorio Santoro told Xinhua.
“Young people seem to be more and more interested, and enrolments in our cuisine, gelato, and pastry making classes have been growing steadily since 2011, with a 20 percent increase between 2012 and 2013,” he said.[db:内容2]