6 days left before the start of the 9th Coppa del mondo della Gelateria and unfortunately Hungary has announced its withdrawal. The names of the participants and the jurors also underwent some changes. In particular, Alice Diaz replaces Luis Sarmiento (Mexico) and Ja Afar Bin Haji Mohamad Ghazali replaces Ng See Yian (Singapore). Natalia Mendoza will take the place of Patricia Thomas in the press jury.

The President of the Gelato World Cup, Giancarlo Timballo comments: “Unfortunately, these last minute variations are the captain of any international competition that sees the participation of such a large number of champions. On behalf of the Committee, I wish ‘good luck’ to the 11 finalist teams, now in Italy for the final rush. “

The event, organised by SIGEP – Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) and Gelato & Cultura, will take place from 19 to 21 January 2020 in the South Hall of Rimini Expo Center, during the 41st International Trade Show of Artisan Gelato, Pastry, Bakery and the Coffee World. Cheering on social media is higher than ever, in every corner of the planet. Below (in alphabetical order) all the members of the eleven teams.

ARGENTINA: The team leader is Maximiliano Cesar Maccarrone, in the team Diego Agustin Irato, Pablo Nicolas Renes, Matias Dragun and Ruben Darre.

COLOMBIA: The team leader is Jonathan Nieto Hincapie, in the team Julio Alberto Mojica Bolaños, Laura Mojica, Nancer Giovanny Pabon Erazo and Jessica Ramos.

FRANCE: The team leader is Stephane Augé, in the team Fouchereau Franck, Lamy Adrien, Moudni Nabil and Hasselbein Yoann.

GERMANY: The team leader is Günter Single, in the team Alexander Galagla, Federico Sacchet, Francesco Carrer and Giovanni Finamore.

JAPAN: The team leader is Kanjiro Mochizuki, in the team Naomi Matsuo, Kkenichi Matsunsga, Kengo Akabame and Hiromi Nishikawa.

ITALY: The team leader is Giuseppe Tonon, in the team Marco Martinelli, Eugenio Morrone, Massimo Carnio and Ciro Chiummo.

MALAYSIA: The team leader is Au Yong Yung Yee, in the team Muhamad Rusmi Bin Che Dol, Siew Chee Wing, Jamaluddin Bin Zainal Abidin and Mustaffa Kamal Bin Othman.

MEXICO: The team leader is Gustavo Barbabosa, in the team Alice Díaz, Eduardo Suarez, Julio Cesar Moreno and David Miranda.

POLAND: The team leader is Alexandra Sowa-Trzebinska, in the team Robert Burkat, Michal Wiensniewski, Maciej Pieta and Mariusz Buritta.

SINGAPORE: The team leader is Ng Chee Leong, in the team Miller Mai, Pang Yoon Hwa, Jason Tan and Ja Afar Bin Haji Mohgamad Ghazali.

SPAIN: The team leader is Lluís Ribas Guardià, in the team Albert Soler Miquel, Albert Roca Badia, Mayte Rodríguez Gigante and Lluc Dalmau Vall.

12 technical judges: the 11 team leader and Pier Paolo Magni as President of the Jury. On the field we will see three experienced technical commissioners: Sergio Colalucci, Sergio Dondoli and Gaetano Mignano.

Press jury: 10 international journalists specialised in gelato, pastry and F&B: Emanuela Balestrino, Bernard Bedaridà,  Luis Concepción, Stefan Elfenbein, Manuela Rossi, Margo Schatcher, Yumi Hasegawa Picone, Maria Rosaria Bruno, Victor Sokolowicz and Natalia Mendoza will assign a special award to the best Gelato Cake.

Artistic jury: Lorena Gava (historic curator, Italy), Stephan Didier (MOF Chef, France) and Adolfo Romero (Gelato Champion, Spain) will assign a special award to the Final Grand Buffet.

Each team will include a gelato chef, a pastry chef, a chef de cuisine and an ice sculptor. The 12 team leaders will judge 8 race tests in 3 days (glass single-portion, mystery box, gelato-cake, entrée of haute cuisine, ice- and brittle- sculptures and the new trend of gelato-snacks, in addition to the final Grand Buffet, which is the presentation of all the creations).


Sunday 19.01.2020

  • First test: Decorated tray (until 10.50am)
  • Second test: Mystery Box – extraction of both boxes at 11am, until 12.50pm
  • First exit Mystery Fruit at 1pm, until 2.50pm
  • Second exit Mystery cream at 15, until 4.50pm
  • Prize-giving ‘best decorated tray’ at 5pm, PreGel awards
  • Ice sculptures: teams 1 and 2 until 11.15am, teams 3 and 4 until 2.40pm, teams 5 and 6 until 6pm (the teams will be drawn at the Arena at the start of the race)

Monday 20.01.2020

  • First try: Glass Single-portion – until 10:50am
  • Second test: – Entrée of haute cuisine – until 2.30pm
  • Third test: Gelato-Snack – until 5.20pm
  • Ice sculptures: teams 7 and 8 until 11.10am, teams 9 and 10 until 2.40pm, teams 11 and 12 until 6pm

Tuesday 21.01.20

  • First try: Gelato cake – until 12:15
  • Final Grand buffet: two teams per round starting at 1.30pm, one shift every 10 minutes until 2.20pm
  • 3.30pm: end of the race (including box cleaning)
  • 4pm: Award ceremony

Fans and gelato-lovers can enjoy real-time updates on Facebook (the official profile is “Coppa Mondo Gelateria”) and on Instagram (@gelatoworldcup). The hashtag confirmed for the next edition is #CMG2020.