ABC + DICA International Cooking Challenge 2019

This year the ABC and DICA Departments at Politecnico di Milano decided to organise an inter-departimental cultural party before the summer-break with a new format: an international cooking challange between the PhD students and research fellows. The event aimed to foster social integration, team building, and each other knowledge. 

The event was a food competition, where people had the chance to taste national and international dishes cooked by PhD students and/or reserach fellows. In the end, 20 teams (more or less 43 participants) cooking meals from all around the world faced each other to win Polimi merchandising prizes from Polishop. A jury composed by Professors and Administration from ABC and DICA departments assigned prizes for two categories: Today’s Special (best taste), and Cultural Representative (best representative of the culture of a region or a country). A third prize about “Instagrammability” (best look) was assigned by popular vote through a real-time voting platform. Poliradio animated the event with speakers and music. 

The dishes were from:

-Italy (Sardinia, Sicily, Lombardy, Apulia, Oltrepò Pavese, Verona, Piedmont)








The winners were:

Today’s special:

“Orecchiette di Ubaldo”

Region: Italy (Apulia)

Chefs: Tecla Caroli, Roberto Dellisanti, Jacopo Scacco – ABC PhD candidates. 


Cultural Representative:

“Sarde in saor”

Region: Northern Italy

Chefs: Luca Flessati, Giulia Guida, Pietro Marveggio – DICA research fellow and PhD candidates. 




Nation: Turkey

Chef: Derya Erdim – ABC PhD candidate



Region: Italy

Chefs: Cinzia Tommasi, Alessandro Mandelli, Francesca Lori – ABC PhD Candidate and research fellows.


The event was a real success, thanks to all organisers of ABC Department (Prof, Marco Scaioni – PhD Head, Andrea Brambilla – ABC PhD representative, Cinzia Tommasi – ABC PhD 32nd cycle representative, Zehra Irem Turkseker – ABC PhD 34th cycle representative, and Tecla Caroli – ABC PhD 34th cycle representative), the DICA department (Prof. Alberto Guadagnini – PhD Head, Giulia Scelsi and Epari Ritesh Patro PhD representatives) the jury (Prof. Stefano della Torre, ABC Head, Prof. Marco Scaioni – ABC, Prof. Riccardo Barzaghi – DICA, Prof. Alessandra Zanelli – ABC , Ilaria Muratori, ABC PhD office), Poliradio, and all the participants that decided to get in the game and share their traditions with us.

Are you curious to discover the other dishes? Take a look at the pictures!

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