Why Italy is going all out to win the Bocuse d'Or culinary contest
Italy is hoping its candidate Martino Ruggieri will be the first Italian chef to win gold at prestigious cooking competition Bocuse d'Or in 2019.
Accademia Bocuse d'Or Italia
(CNN) — From pizza to spaghetti, Italy has given us some of the world's best loved foods and many of its restaurants are considered among the finest on the planet.
Despite its impeccable culinary credentials, the country has yet to secure one very important accolade in elite world cuisine, the prestigious Bocuse d'Or
In the 30 years since the biannual gastronomy contest was launched by French chef Paul Bocuse, there hasn't been a single Italian winner.
But things could be about to change.
A brand new gourmet academy, the Accademia Bocuse d'Or Italia
has been created to support Italy's candidate Martino Ruggieri in his endeavor to conquer the Olympus of gastronomy.
However he's not allowed to use Italy's best weapon -- pasta.