Celebrity Chef to Open Ice Cream & Artisan Foods Show 2020


Celebrity chef and Jamie Oliver mentor Gennaro Contaldo will officially open the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show 2020 on February 11 at the Yorkshire Event Center in Harrogate. He will also judge one of the National Ice Cream Competition categories and meet exhibitors and visitors.

Contaldo’s was born in Minori on the Amalfi Coast, in Italy. His first cookbook – called “Passione” – was published by Headline in 2003 and won the Best Italian Cook Book award during that year.

The Ice Cream and Artisan Foods Show is one only trade show specifically for the UK ice cream sector. It has been running for 75 years and is organized by the Ice Cream Alliance (ICA). It is also the setting for the National Ice Cream Competition, an awards show, with winners announced at the Gala Dinner on February 12.

“We have made some changes to the forthcoming show. Previously it was known as the Ice Cream and Gelato Expo. But following a survey of our members we have extended it to cover other products sold by many ice cream retailers, which they wanted to see exhibited at the show – all under the umbrella of “artisan foods,” explains Zelica Carr, ICA CEO.

The ICA 2019 survey revealed that 69% sell coffee, 63% sell tea and other hot drinks, 61% sell cakes, 61% sell confectionery and 41% sell savory snacks. Over 80% also wanted to see general catering equipment and suppliers at the show.

The Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show is open to all trade – not just ICA members.

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