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Mountain gastronomy industry - Selection committee

Farm and livestock industry located in mountain municipalities at more than 600 m.a.s.l.: emphasis on  innovative methods of production and / or the processing of raw materials, but also on new approaches to the marketing and commercialization of resources.

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Norbert Niederkofler

Norbert Niederkofler was born in the heart of the Dolomites and grew up there, where he learned about nature and the rhythms of the seasons. In 1994 he became chef-de-cuisine at the St. Hubertus restaurant. In 2000 he was awarded the First Michelin Star, the second came in 2007. Since then he embraced the principles of ethical and sustainable approach to cooking, simply rethinking the relationships between production, product, territory. With this in mind, Norbert decided to promote and use only local and seasonal ingredients. Together with Paolo Ferretti, he founded Mo-Food in 2015.
In 2018 the restaurant St. Hubertus was awarded with the third Michelin Star. In December 2018 he opened AlpiNN – Food Space and Restaurant and in 2019, with St. Hubertus Restaurant, he ranked 116th in “The World’s 50 best Restaurants 51-120”


Massimiliano Tonelli

He graduated in Communication Sciences from the University of Siena. From 1999 to 2011 he was director of the print and online platform Exibart. He is currently the managing editor of Artribune magazine, which he founded in 2011, and editorial director of the Gambero Rosso. He worked as a lecturer at several universities, including the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), the Tor Vergata University of Rome, the Garrone Foundation of Genoa, the Link Campus University and the Sapienza University of Rome. He also taught at the Luiss Master of Art and at the Gambero Rosso master courses in communication and gastronomy journalism. Furthermore, he is honorary professor at the IULM in Milan, where he teaches Communication and Culture. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Cultural Journalism Festival. In 2018 he was awarded with the Ischia Award for Cultural Journalism.


Maddalena Fossati Dondero

The Milanese Maddalena Fossati Dondero has been a journalist since 1997 and has always loved writing, relaxing at the table after a meal following the Spanish sobremesa tradition as well as watching gastronomic films. She lived in Barcelona and Paris for many years, where she fell in love with Joël Robuchon's cuisine. She loves travelling so much that she feels already happy when she walks into an airport. Over the years she worked for many newspapers, mainly magazines, from Vogue Italia to Marie Claire, but also for Elle and Elle Decor and Vanity Fair, where she was the lifestyle editor for 7 years.
Since September 1, 2017, she has been the proud director of La Cucina Italiana, the magazine of her girl dreams, which delights her every day with delicious emotions.