Boston first, and now Chicago. The Duello ai Fornelli, a culinary challenge among students of the most prestigious American universities, lands in the Midwest from the East Coast. The first edition of the cooking duel took place in 2015, at the behest of the Consulate General of Italy in Boston, organized by the Dante Alighieri School. The challenge has involved, since then, students from Boston University, Harvard, MIT and Northeastern University.

The first Chicago edition of the Duello ai Fornelli is about to take place, and it will be the kickoff event of the Week of Italian Cuisine, an increasingly important appointment coordinated and promoted by the General Consulate of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago. The International Italian School Enrico Fermi (SIEF) in Chicago is organizing the event, with the participation of teams of students from five renowned universities of the Windy City: DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The teams will face the challenge of preparing the best Risotto al Prosecco, proving that it is possible to eat well, Italian style, even if you are a university student!

The best Risotto will be chosen by a very diverse and accomplished jury, including sponsors of the event, such as Eataly Chicago, as well as a star chef like Giuseppe Tentori, exceptional restaurateurs like Jo DeMonte, representatives of the Italian-American community, such as Liza Turano, and representatives of the Accademia della Cucina Italiana, such as Prof. Clara Orban. The event will take place on November 8, 2019, in Wicker Park, on the premises of SIEF, the Italian International School in Chicago, founded in 2016 as the third Italian school in the United States after The Guglielmo Marconi School in New York and “La Scuola” in San Francisco. The choice of location is not random. Indeed SIEF strives to educate young citizens of the world who are fluent in at least two languages, are comfortable with two cultures, and fully appreciate the traditional Italian attention and care for quality cuisine and excellent food. At lunch time at SIEF you will not find sandwiches eaten on the run…lunch is a true Italian affair, with everyone, teachers and students seated at the table, set with real tablecloths, plates and glasses and, above all, with fresh, healthy, diversified food, naturally inspired by the Mediterranean Diet. Eating well is an important part of SIEF’s education goals, carefully implemented by the dedication of SIEF’s teachers, and made possible by the generous support of Eataly Chicago. Eataly has endorsed SIEF and the school’s goals since the very beginning, providing daily tailored made dishes for all of SIEF’s children who, without any doubt, are the luckiest students in North America!

Chicago, 5 November 2019

For info:

@SIEFchicago on social media


SIEF – Scuola italiana Internazionale Enrico Fermi

Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi (SIEFchicago) is the first Italian American International School in the greater Chicago area. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the school opened its early childhood education program with full day preschool for 3 and 4 year-old in September 2016, in Wicker Park – Bucktown neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois. In 2018 SIEF opened its first kindergarten class. Scuola Italiana Enrico Fermi plans to expand with each subsequent year up to 8th grade


Link to the event “Duello ai Fornelli”:

Partners and Sponsors:

Italian General Consulate in Chicago –

Italian Institute of Culture in Chicago

Italian-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago and Ciao Chicago

Eataly, Barilla, Ferrero Nutella Cafe, Mionetto, Rana e Smeraldina

Universita’ che partecipano all’iniziativa:

DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Settimana della Cucina Italiana nel Mondo – 4° week of the Italian Cuisine in the World


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