The following article appears on The Local.
An Italian factory worker won the first ever Tiramisu World Cup on Sunday, beating 700 other amateurs to whip up the softest and creamiest version of Italy’s famous dessert.
Hundreds of would-be pudding maestros descended on the city of Treviso armed with whisks and sieves to compete in the two-day challenge to make the best tiramisu, which means “pick-me-up” in Italian.
The eventual winner, Andrea Ciccolella, 28, hails from Feltre in the Veneto region and works in an eyewear factory.
“My dream is to be a pastry chef and open a small cake shop of my own, where I’d make traditional, home-cooked things. Nothing fancy, but tasty and made well,” the victor told AFP.
While the northern Italian region, home to the city of Venice, celebrated the sweet taste of victory the result was likely to embitter residents of neighbouring Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
A dispute over whether the pudding originates in the Veneto or Friuli region has divided foodies for decades.
Competitors for the prize were split into those following the original recipe — ladyfinger biscuits, mascarpone cheese, eggs, coffee, cocoa powder and sugar — and those getting creative by adding everything from strawberries to green tea.
While slicing bananas into the whipped mixture was permitted, adding alcohol like Marsala wine was not. Continue reading at The Local.