JUDGES FOR 2011 EDITION
- Bruno Gambacorta (Tg2) – HEAD OF JUDGING PANEL
- Gilberto Arru (Gambero Rosso)
- Claudio Zeni (Artù)
- Fabio Turchetti (Il Messaggero)
- Renato Malaman (Il Mattino di Padova)
- Eugenia Sciorilli (Agenda del Giornalista)
- Stefano Tesi (Bell’Italia)
- Ugo Passerini (In Moto)
- Roberta Perna (Bar Giornale)
- Roberto Caramelli (Repubblica)
- Carlo Ciavoni (Il Venerdì di Repubblica)
- Paolo Capresi (Studio Aperto)
- Maria Cristina Beretta (Sapori d'Italia)
- Matilde Passa (Free Lance)
- Tarsia Trevisan (Class Life)
- Monica Rubele (Sereno Variabile)
“A Tavola con il Nobile” is a fine food contest. Participation is limited to the eight districts of Montepulciano who also take part in the "Bravio delle Botti".
Each district must prepare dishes regularly featured on their menus, inspired by tradition, highlighting local products and further enhanced by Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
To this end the Consorzio del Vino Nobile will make wine available to the districts to serve with their dishes, as well as tasting glasses and the consultancy of an expert or sommelier to advise on the best combination of dishes and wine.
The Consorzio del Vino Nobile may also recommend to the district’s Magistrate the assistance in the kitchen of specialists, interns, trainee chefs etc, whose role will be limited to following the directions of the chef in charge of the kitchen.
The dishes must be supplied with a written recipe, indicating the name of the district and the creator(s), which may be freely used and publicized by the Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in promotional activities and must be presented to the judging panel where the tasting is held.
It is obligatory for each district to present dishes which habitually feature on their menu; this will be testified by the programmes distributed during the Bravìo which must be handed in to the organizers of the contest, along with the dishes to be prepared, no later than three days before the starting date of the contest.
Observation of the above regulation will be monitored by a special committee consisting of representatives of the Montepulciano town council and the district Magistrate and the designated consultant for the food/wine combination. This committee may carry out (of its own initiative or on formal request by one of the competing districts, and without prior notification) visits to check the conformity of the dishes used. Failure to observe the regulation above will be penalised by placing the district in question in bottom place in the contest and will be communicated in a suitable manner.
The dishes will be judged by a panel of judges according to an unquestionable formula established by the Consorzio del Vino Nobile. Day 1: Each district will receive a visit from a committee of judges and present one (and only one) first course from among those habitually included on their menu; Day 2: Each district will receive a visit from a different committee of judges from the previous day and present one (and only one) second course from among those habitually included on their menu.
Formation of the committees is decided by the judging panel; the organization of the visits by the committees to the district will be decided prior to the beginning of the contest by drawing lots in the presence of a representative of the district Magistrate.
The dishes will be judged by the committees using an assessment grid (attached to the proceedings of the contest).
The classification list will be organised according to a total of points: the district with the highest score will be declared the winner of the “A Tavola con il Nobile” prize. In case of a draw the Head Judge will have a double vote.
The Judges’ decision is final and unquestionable.
The winning district will be assigned the “A Tavola con il Nobile” Fine Food Prize consisting of 100 bottles of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
All the participating districts will be awarded a certificate of participation.
The dishes winning the highest score on each day of the contest will be publicized as “Winner of First Course” and “Winner of Second Course”.
The name of the overall winning district will be added to a plaque on permanent display in the Consorzio del Vino Nobile di Montepulciano’s Enoteca.