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Berne: Cuisine Week and accolades to the “Top Rankers”

Berna Settimana della Cucina e premio dei Numeri Uno
Berna Settimana della Cucina e premio dei Numeri Uno

Carlo Cracco’s “egg in black”, a sublime creation, after a succession of equally wonderful dishes, finds its symmetrical counterpart in the dessert, which conceals a delicate yolk of passion fruit at its heart: this is how the 6th edition of the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World kicked off in Switzerland, on Thursday ,18 November 2021. In Bern, at the Ambassador’s Residence, the great chef, who is also Director of the Maestro Martino Association, offered a gala dinner to eighty people, including Ambassadors, intellectuals, scientific researchers, and Swiss politicians and businesspeople. Thanks to this event, the Embassy and the ICE Office in Bern showcased great Italian cuisine, also promoting our industry in a country that already looks at Italy, its cuisine and its food products, with great favour and interest.

“Tradition and perspectives of Italian cuisine: awareness and enhancement of food sustainability” is the main theme of the 2021 edition of the Week, which combines the promotion of Italian agri-food products with the enhancement of the Mediterranean Diet, as a model of healthy and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle.

On the same occasion, the second edition of the ‘Numeri Uno’ (Top Rankers) Award, organised by the Italian Embassy in Bern and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Zurich, was presented. This accolade is awarded to nine personalities from the academic, scientific, social and economic worlds of Italy in Switzerland, who each year stand out for the excellence of their work.

This year’s winners are:

Ugo Amaldi

Nuclear physicist, since 1992 president of the TERA Foundation, whose aim is to develop Hadrontherapy, the radiotherapy technique for controlling radio-resistant tumours while sparing healthy tissue, and who has worked at the project for the National Centre for Oncological Hadrontherapy in Pavia. He won the Gold Medal for Merit in Science awarded by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano.

Silvana Cavanna

Manager, she has held various management positions in different banking institutions and served as the first woman General Manager of a bank in 2010, when she was appointed General Manager of Banque Profil de Gestion in Geneva. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Banca del Sempione in Lugano.

Monica dell’Anna

Monica dell’Anna is a manager with a long and varied experience and rich professional background in the largest Swiss companies. She is currently CEO of Adecco Switzerland and Austria.

Enzo Enea

Internationally renowned architect, he is Switzerland’s best-known garden architect and founder of Enea GmbH Landscape Architecture. He has designed more than 1,000 gardens and received numerous prizes and awards. He also founded the Tree Museum in Schmerikon in 2010.

Antonio Ereditato

Physicist, professor of elementary particles at the University of Bern and director of the Institute of High Energy Physics, visiting professor at Yale, president of the Society of Italian Academics in Switzerland, famous in Italy also for his work as a science populariser.

Carlo Maria Ferro

Manager and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ICE agency since January 2019, resident in Geneva, he has a consolidated experience with a thirty-year-long career in strong internationally competitive companies on global markets, and has dedicated himself to the development of large technology companies on international markets.

Marco Lanzetta

A physician and hand surgeon of international renown, he performed the world’s first hand transplant in 1998 and the first in Italy in 2000. He lives in Lugano, where he works as a consultant for the general hospitals of Bellinzona and Locarno. He is the founder and international scientific coordinator of the Italian Institute of Hand Surgery and the National Centre for Arthritis. He is also an international senior triathlon champion.

Luigi Matrone

Manager, founder of Aurantiaco Holding SA, whose mission is to invest in high-potential innovative ideas. He lives in Geneva, where he is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Alumni Board: In 2017 he was awarded, in Cincinnati, the P&G 40 under 40 recognition, which honours the most successful under-40-year-olds in the world.

Antonella Santuccione Chadha

Physician, clinical pathologist and neuroscientist, specialising in the study of the mind and focusing on a possible solution to Alzheimer’s disease, she was named among the Top 100 Women in Switzerland in 2018 and 2019, and Woman of the Year in Switzerland in 2019. She received the 2020 World Prize for Sustainability and the 2020 Medicine Italy Prize. A ten-part TV series is being adapted from one of her books.