TORONTO — Against the backdrop of Italian Heritage Day at Toronto’s Casa Loma, Barilla Canada held its semi-final pasta competition recently to determine who will represent Canada at the Seventh-Annual Barilla World Pasta Masters in Milan, Italy, Oct. 24 to 25.
Before a live audience at Casa Loma, yesterday’s competition featured four competitors under the age of 35, including Vina Dang, chef at SoCo Kitchen at the Delta Marriott; Ruben Rapetti, corporate chef, Turtle Jack’s; Rob Furgiuele, chef, Cibo Wine Bar; and Angela Villalta, chef, of L’unita and Giulietta.
When all was said and done, Villalta was declared the winner of the cook-off, with her Pasta and Mussel and Sea Urchin dish. She will now have the opportunity to travel to Italy to compete against global chefs in the international pasta competition.
Villalta is a graduate of George Brown College and had the opportunity to cook in Italy under Alessandro Boglione at Al Castelle Ristorante (a one-Michelin-star restaurant in Piemonte).