Angela Villalta to Represent Canada at Barilla World Pasta Masters in Milan


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).

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Rosanna Caira is the editor and publisher of Kostuch Media’s Foodservice and Hospitality, and Hotelier magazines. In her capacity as editor of Canada’s two leading hospitality publications, Rosanna directs the editorial and graphic content of both publications, and is responsible for the editorial vision of the magazines, its five websites as well as the varied tertiary products including e-newsletters, supplements and special projects. In addition to her editorial duties, Rosanna also serves as publisher of the company, directing the strategic development of the Sales and Marketing, Production and Circulation departments. Rosanna is the face of the magazines, representing the publications at industry functions and speaking engagements. She serves on various committees and Boards, including the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hospitality Foundation. She is a recipient of the Ontario Hostelry’s Gold Award in the media category. In 2006, Rosanna was voted one of the 32 most successful women of Italian heritage in Canada. Rosanna is a graduate of Toronto’s York University, where she obtained a BA degree in English literature.

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