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Italian cuisine candidate as Unesco intangible heritage

The Ministry of Culture together with the Ministry of Agriculture joined together for the first time and announced that the Italian government has nominated «Italian cuisine, between sustainability and biocultural diversity» as intangible heritage of Unesco.

To believe in this ambitious project and to promote the candidacy, The Italian kitchensince 1929 the most authoritative monthly cooking magazine with a long tradition in Italy and the rest of the world.

A journey that began in July 2020 when the magazine, directed by Madeleine Fossati, has enlisted great chefs and entrepreneurs as ambassadors to support the universal value of our country’s gastronomic culture. A great choral initiative to nominate our cuisine as a UNESCO intangible heritage of humanity.

Massimo Bottura, Davide Oldani, Antonia Klugmann, Carlo Cracco, Niko Romito And Antonino Cannavacciuolo are just some of the names that in recent years have supported the idea born in the editorial staff of La Cucina Italiana and culturally supported by a scientific committee, which includes some of the most significant names in Italian culture, including the president Massimo Montanari, professor of history of food at the University of Bologna, Laila Tentoni, president of the Casa Artusi Foundation and Professor Paolo Petroni, president of the Italian Academy of Cuisine.

«This news fills my heart with emotion because it is something I personally fought so hard for because I believe in our identity and in this complicated and wonderful country that is Italy. Now we can really try to affirm with determination the importance of our culinary life, loved and imitated all over the planet» he comments Maddalena Fossati, director of La Cucina Italiana.

This goal enhances the close relationship between culture and food which is now perceived by the world community not only as a product but as a cultural and identity phenomenon of a lifestyle, a way of being.

In fact, Italian cuisine represents in its essence a set of social practices, rituals and gestures. A mosaic of traditions that reflects the cultural biodiversity of our country and that has been told for over 90 years by La Cucina Italiana which has become the cultural space in which the practice of cooking has found dimension and resonance.

The dossier will now be sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Unesco and the evaluation process will begin, which should be completed by December 2025. During this period, La Cucina Italiana will continue to support the candidacy.

Source: Vanity Fair

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