Messina fans have jaws on the floor; Sydney's Cow and Moon has been declared the world's best gelato maker at one of the world's most prestigious ice cream events.
Enmore's family-run Cow and Moon trumped the globe's ice creameries and gelato masters on Sunday, seizing the blue ribbon spot at the Gelato World Tour in Italy. Taking out the top spot for their kickass almond affogato flavour dubbed 'Mandorla Affogato', Cow and Moon's Wendy and John Crowl can now call themselves the world's best gelato makers.
Beating 23 international finalists (including Gelato Messina) with their prized confection, John Crown told Good Food the key is balance. "It's about trying to understand the flavour, working on the salt, sweet and sour. You have to marry the flavours so that they blend well together." After public voting and panelist judging, Italy took out the two runner up spots, with second place going to Il Cantagalli, third to Gelateria Fiore.
Messina's Donato Toce and Simone Panetta must be pretty bummed having gone in salted caramel guns blazing. They nailed the Oceania round and came out in first place with their Cremino flavour — that salted caramel, joined by house made gianduia fudge, fresh meringue and crushed amaretti biscuits.
Australia had a total of three reps (all from Sydney) in the finalists after the hardcore Melbourne selections last October, with Cronulla's Frangipani Gelato nabbing a special accolade for her pavlova-inspired gelato (meringue-flavoured base, meringue pieces and passionfruit puree).
Cow and Moon had better get cracking on bucketloads of almond affogato, that's some prize-winning, line-forming gold right there.
Via Good Food.
Images: Cow and Moon.
Published on September 08, 2014 by Shannon Connellan