On the occasion of its fourth-annual Taste of Italy food and wine fair (March 4-5), the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas (IACC) has awarded the first-ever Maestro Martino Award for Excellence in the Italian Culinary Arts to Tony Vallone.
Named after the Italian Renaissance chef Maestro Martino of Como, whose 15th-century recipe collection is considered the first modern cookery book, the award is intended to recognize individuals who have contributed significantly to Italian gastronomy in the U.S.
The prize is part of the IACC’s ongoing efforts on behalf of the Italian government’s Extraordinary Italian Taste campaign, an initiative focused on leading ambassadors of authentic Italian food products.
On February 28, Consul General of Italy Elena Sgarbi and IACC director Alessia Paolicchi signed the following declaration and presented the official award to Mr. Vallone:
MAESTRO MARTINO AWARD FOR
EXCELLENCE IN ITALIAN GASTRONOMY
AND THE ITALIAN CULINARY ARTS 2018
In recognition of his inestimable contribution in the culinary arts and to Italian gastronomy, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce of Texas hereby confers upon Mr. Tony Vallone the inaugural Maestro Martino Award (2018).
Mr. Vallone is a true pioneer of Italian cuisine in Texas and the United States. His celebrated career as Italian gourmet, chef, and restaurateur has helped to elevate Italian cookery, both innovative and traditional, to a fine art and science in North America.
The Italy-America Chamber commends him for his tireless efforts and his achievement of excellence.