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True Italian Taste

Masterclass with Chef Pasquale Vari

  • September 20
  • 11H00
  • ITHQ

Lesser-known Italian DOP cheese initiation

Montreal, September 20, 2021

D.O.P cheeses are synonymous with the highest quality. These cheeses originate from specific geographical areas, and their characteristics depend mainly or exclusively on a specific geographical environment, including natural and human factors, and are therefore produced and processed exclusively in this defined area.

The 48 Italian DOP cheeses make Italy the leading producer of DOP cheeses, followed by France, with 45 products.

Example of DOP cheeses:

1.Taleggio DOP

2.Fontina DOP

3.Gorgonzola DOP

4.Pecorino Crotonese DOP


Chef Pasquale Vari

A native of Calabria, Italy, Pasquale Vari has been a teaching chef at the ITHQ since 1995. After receiving his degree in Italian cuisine from the Vibo Valentia hotel school in 1984, he went on to earn two ITHQ degrees: one in Professional Cuisine (1986) and one in Progressive Cuisine for Restaurants and Hotels (1987).

Highlights of his career include winning the gold medal in the 1991 Relais & Châteaux Awards of Excellence competition (Canada), and acting as expert chef for Québec to analyze the profession of Cook for Red Seal Canada. The coauthor of Parmigiano Reggiano (Éditions de l’Homme, 2006), he was also one of three professors who held a culinary workshop and cooked for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their 2011 visit. In May 2012 he won the Renaud-Cyr award in the Chef Trainer category, and the following year his peers named him Chef cuisinier national for 2013. He has also acted as consultant and judge on the popular television show Les Chefs.