Gelato Team USA 2016 Formed

Honolulu, September 3, 2015 – Isle chef, Gelato Master and Team Captain of Gelato Team USA Dirk Koeppenkastrop, Ph.D., announces team members selected for the Team USA, which will compete for the 2016 World Gelato Championship title. The organizer of the 7th edition of the Gelato World Cup just released the countries admitted. The USA is one of fourteen countries from around the world. The 2016 US team members are:

John S. Hui, CEPC, AAC – Team Manager – Corporate Pastry Chef – Pebble Beach Resorts – CA

Dirk Koeppenkastrop, Ph.D. – Team Captain – Maestro Gelatiere / Owner – IL Gelato, LLC – Honolulu, HI

Michele Pompei – Lead Team Pastry Chef – Baking & Pastry Instructor – Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Art, Seattle, WA

Tim Brown, B.A. –Team Pastry Chef – Baking & Pastry Instructor – Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI

Chris Foltz –World Champion Ice Carver – Culinary Instructor – Oregon Coast Culinary Institute, OR

The five-member team formed under the American Culinary Federation Chapter from Oregon. “We are very excited to have world class and competitive chefs and one of the world’s best ice carver on our team” Koeppenkastrop, owner of IL Gelato Hawaii said. John Hui Executive Pastry Chef of the Pebble Beach Resort, founder of Gelato Team USA in 2005 is Team Manager for 2016 and one of the international judges during the competition. The other team members, Michele Pompei and Tim Brown, are highly decorated and experienced pastry chefs. Chris Foltz is not only an experienced chef but holds three ice carving and four wood carving world champion titles.

Since 2006 the USA has participated in seven gelato world competitions. Gelato Team USA has received “Best Gelato Cake” award in 2006 and “Best Gelato Tub” award in 2008.  Team USA received the International “Best Taste Award” and the “People’s Choice Award” in 2012. The international main sponsors for Gelato Team USA include the Italian gelato ingredient manufacturer Stella and the Italian gelato equipment manufacturer Cattabriga – both major names in the gelato making industry.

The World Gelato Championship – a highly prestigious event in the culinary industry – is held every two years as part of the International Exhibition of Artisan Gelato, Confectionery and Bakery Goods in Rimini, Italy. The Championships will take place from the 23th to the 25th of January 2016. The countries competing for the world title are Argentina, Australia, Chile, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States.

Each team will choose a theme, which has to be reflected in seven different championship tests including a decorated “coppa” (sundae), gelato cake, four assorted miniature chocolate gelatos, an entrée serving a savory gelato, a center piece croccante sculpture as well as an ice sculpture and its final presentation. The contest marked by a growing interest from around the world is streamed live in Italian and English for the duration of the event

Gelato Team USA 2014 at World Championship Rimini, Italy

For more information:

Dirk Koeppenkastrop, Ph.D.
IL Gelato Hawaii
501 Sumner Street, Suite 501, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Phone: 808-542-9276

About Gelato World Cup 2016:

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