Mary Ann Honored with Premio Artusi Award

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** The prestigious award recognizes an individual who best exemplifies the art of preserving the traditions of Italian regional cooking **

FORLIMPOPOLI, ITALY – On Saturday, September 14, celebrity chef Mary Ann Esposito received the prestigious Premio Artusi Award, presented yearly to the individual who best exemplifies the art of preserving the traditions of regional cooking.

Esposito accepted the award in Forlimpopoli, Italy, home to Italian writer Pellegrino Artusi for whom the award is named. Artusi wrote the definitive work, The Art of Eating Well, which became the benchmark cookbook for all Italians.

“I am excited and honored to receive the Premio Artusi award,” said Esposito. “I am extremely proud of my Italian heritage, and I’m thankful I’ve been able to make it my life’s work to share Italian recipes and traditions that were passed down from my parents and grandparents. I strive to preserve the authenticity of Italian regional cooking, and I am humbled by this prestigious recognition.”

Esposito was selected to receive the award for her “extraordinary work in spreading the story of Italian cuisine in the United States through her television series, numerous books and articles aimed at preserving the best of Italian cooking,” according to Casa Artusi.

In the past the Artusi award has been given to: Wendell Berry (2008), Serge Latouche (2009), Don Luigi Ciotti (2010), Oscar Farinetti (2011), Andrea Segrè (2012), Gino Angelini (2007 ), Moshe Bassoon (2006), Vandana Shiva (2003), Muhammad Yunus (2001), Alice Waters (2000), Gualtiero Marchesi (1998), and Ermanno Olmi (1997).

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Deborah Woock's avatar

Deborah Woock said on September 16, 2013

Congratulations Mary Ann!
Patrizia's avatar

Patrizia said on September 16, 2013

my warmest congratulations Mary Ann
Bettyann Saggese's avatar

Bettyann Saggese said on September 16, 2013

Well-deserved, Mary Ann! Your respect for Italian customs, traditions, culture and culinary arts is second to none. Thank you, and congratulations!
Carol Lott's avatar

Carol Lott said on September 18, 2013

You definitely represent the Italian American community in such a positive way. Thank you for helping to make Italian food so trendy.

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Chef Mike McCurdy said on October 17, 2013

Complimenti Mary Ann!! I am so honored to have been there to see you receive the award. What a special and unforgettable experience! You inspire me, as a non-Italian, to stick to traditional recipes and "follow the rules" for the best results. Thank you for helping me become "Italian by osmosis" when traveling in Italy with you! Con molto affetto ....