Identità Golose 2023: the revolution is served

The 18th edition of the International Congress of Cuisine, Pastry, Mixology and Dining Service in Milan

On 18 January 2023 morning, the 18th edition of Identità Golose Milano was presented at the Identità Golose Milano hub. It is the most important international cooking, pastry, mixology and dining service Congress in Italy and one of the most prestigious in the world.

Many anticipations and novelties were unveiled during the launch press conference. Starting with the theme ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the revolution is served‘, which is anything but free from interpretation, it is clear that this will be a truly revolutionary edition.

Among the participants were: Alessia Cappello, Councillor for Economic Development and Labour Policies with responsibility for Trade, Fashion and Design of the Municipality of Milan, and the ABC of Italian Cuisine.

There were four of the most famous leading figures on the culinary scene: Andrea Aprea, Enrico Bartolini, Massimo Bottura and Carlo Cracco. The latter being the author, together with Luca Sacchi, of this year’s signature dish, “Avocado, kiwi e coriandolo”.‘.

What has happened in the last three years forces us to think in a completely new way

From the great return of international guests to innovative spaces such as the Spazio Arena, an exclusive area reminiscent of a small amphitheatre, where top-class activities will take place in an inclusive and reflective atmosphere

New thematic areas of 2023 edition

New thematic areas will complement the existing more traditional ones, with the presence of leading personalities from the world of food and wine, but also from television and culture. It will be an edition full of surprises, curiosities and new ideas for reflection and dialogue, aiming to be representative of the revolution that is taking place, with increasing urgency, in the entire cooking and catering sector.

Celebrities of Italian cuisine and others

  • Alex Atala, chef patron of D.O.M. in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Albert Adrià of Enigma in Barcelona
  • Andoni Luis Aduriz chef of Mugaritz in Errenteria (Spain)
  • Leonor and Laura Espinosa, respectively chef patron of Leo Bogotà and Best Female Chef World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 and sommelier in charge of La Sala de Laura
  • Paco Morales, from Noor in Cordoba
  • Ángel León from Aponiente
  • US Food Scientist Harold McGee
  • Faith Willinger with David Gelb and Brian McGinn, respectively creator & executive producer and executive producer & director of Chef’s Table on Netfli
  • Fatmata Binta, founder of the Fulani Kitchen Foundation in Ghana and winner of the Basque Culinary World Prize 2022

    are some of the great guests who will come to Milan, bringing their testimonies and reflections from all over the world, to offer points of view that transcend national borders.

Together with them, many celebrities of Italian cuisine, but not ony: in fact among the speakers there will also be personalities such as Fabio Fazio. He will share the stage with Corrado Assenza on Monday 30 January, in the Auditorium hall, and the participation of Bruno Vespa in Golosi di Identità, the new format in collaboration with the Cotarella Foundation to promote and support habits, studies and cures for a healthy and balanced diet, scheduled for Sunday 29 January.

2023 news

Among the new features of this edition is also the Italian final of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy Competition 2022-2023, the international project created by the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Academy to discover and cultivate the talents of the future. On Saturday 28 January, inside the Spazio Arena, 10 young talents will compete in the preparation of their signature dish, which will be evaluated by a jury composed of 5 top Italian chefs: Andrea Aprea, Donato Ascani, Giuseppe Iannotti, Viviana Varese, and Jessica Rosval, to choose the young chef who will represent Italy at the international final.

Closing the Spazio Arena programme, on Monday 30 January some of Italy’s best bartenders, together with chefs and pizza chefs, will animate Identità Cocktail, the section in collaboration with Bibite Sanpellegrino and Perrier dedicated to new trends in mixology and its link with the catering world.

The exhibition area will be no less important, the fulcrum of special initiatives, previews and opportunities for sharing, that will involve the commercial realities that have embraced the initiative, sharing the objective of giving life to and cultivating positive relations between the protagonists of the sector. Such as the Main Partners of Identità Milano 2023: Acqua Panna – S.Pellegrino, 1895 COFFEE DESIGNER by Lavazza, BERTO’S, Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano, Fondazione Cotarella, Velier, Billecart – Salmon.

The 18th edition of Identità Milano 2023 also enjoys the patronage of the Municipality of Milan and the participation of the Lombardy RegionGeneral Directorate for Agriculture, Food and Green Systems, and ERSAF – Regional Agency for Services to Agriculture and Forests.

As a corollary to the Identità Milano 2023 Congress, there will be a special programme of exclusive dedicated dinners scheduled at Identità Golose Milano from Friday 27 to Monday 30 January. Four not-to-be-missed appointments with some of the main protagonists of the 18th edition, to continue reflections and dialogue on the theme of revolution at the table:

Identità Milano 2023 dinners

Friday 27 Januaryfrom Brazil to Sicily with Alex Atala – D.O.M., Sao Paulo – Brazil, 2 Michelin stars

Mauricio ZilloGagini, Palermo, 1 Michelin star

Saturday 28 January – Identità di Formaggio in collaboration with Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano.
Carlo Cracco and Luca SacchiCracco in Galleria, Milan, 1 Michelin star
Franco PepePepe in grani, Caiazzo (Caserta)
Davide Di FabioDalla Gioconda, Gabicce Mare (Pesaro Urbino), 1 Michelin star
Jacopo MalpeliOsteria del Viandante, Rubiera (Reggio Emilia), 1 Michelin star
Corrado AssenzaCaffè Sicilia, Noto (Syracuse)

Sunday 29 January – new frontiers with
Davide GuidaraI Tenerumi del Therasia Resort, Vulcano (Messina), 1 Michelin star and green star
John Regefalk – Head of Culinary Innovation, Basque Culinary Center – San Sebastián Andrea TortoraAT Pâtissier

Monday 30 January – special evening with
Giacomo Giannotti Paradiso, Barcelona
Gabriele BonciPizzarium, Rome
Gianfranco Pascucci Pascucci al Porticciolo, Fiumicino (Rome), 1 Michelin star

The complete programme of the congress, together with all useful information on how to participate, is available on the dedicated website.


Identità Golose was founded in January 2005 as the first Italian congress on auteur cuisine, conceived by Paolo Marchi and Claudio Ceroni. For 15 years now, with the organisation of MAGENTABureau, it has welcomed the greatest Italian and international culinary and pastry professionals onto the stage. Chefs who know how to give an original imprint to their work, in the field of tradition and along the paths of creativity. Info