Clara and Gigi Padovani
A “Fondente” Couple
The common passion for chocolate and food quality of Clara Vada Padovani and her husband Gigi Padovani is expressed in different activities:
– As writers, they published a dozen books, including the newly released Tiramisu. Some of their books have become publishing successes of over 30 000 copies. They include: Passione Nutella (Giunti 2006) by Clara Vada Padovani in Italy and Nutella, 40 ans de plaisir in France (Michel Lafon, 2005).
– As journalists, they write in the newspaper “La Stampa” – where Gigi has been working as professional journalist since 1985 – and the monthly magazine “Specchio della Stampa” (where they wrote together from May 2007 to June 2009 the column “food” with portraits of cooks and recipes of the most prestigious restaurants of Europe and the world);
– As food critics, they have worked on restaurant guides (the “Ristoranti d’Italia” of the newspaper L’Espresso and “Identita golose” with “Storie di dolci”);
– As experts, with the creation and participation in events such as “Identita Golose” in Milan and “CioccolaTo” in Turin.
Together or on their own, they have held dozens of conferences and book presentations throughout Italy, France and the United States.
The first prize they were awarded together on October 7, 2007 at the Rose Theatre in Pontremoli is the ‘Angel Paracucchi ” of the Bancarella Cucina. It was awarded by the prestigious institution jury for the book” Conoscere il cioccolato “(Ponte alle Grazie, 2006).
1 “Cioccolato fondente” means “Dark chocolate”. “Fondente” means also unifying, amalgamating, binding. Thus, Clara e Gigi are called the couple “fondente” recalling both their passion for chocolate and their mutual love.
For more information about Clara and Gigi and their work, please visit http://mytiramisu.it/area-media