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The Academy and its aims

Cuisine is one of a country’s most distinctive cultural expressions: it grows from its inhabitants’ histories and lifestyles, which differ from region to region, city to city, village to village. Cuisine narrates who we are, rediscovers our roots, evolves with us, and represents us beyond our borders.
The fruit of both tradition and innovation, it should therefore be safeguarded and passed on.

The Academy and its aims

Founded in Milan on the 29th of July 1953 by Orio Vergani with a group of well-qualifi ed representatives of culture, industry and journalism, and recognised as a Cultural Institution of the Italian Republic since 2003, the Italian Academy of Cuisine aims to protect the traditions of Italian cuisine, whose improvement it promotes and favours in Italy and abroad. Through its Study Centre and its Delegations and Legations in Italy and worldwide, the Academy strives to promote initiatives intended to increase familiarity with the values of Italian cuisine, which form the basis for every substantial innovation. Admission to the Academy is precluded to those with links to restaurants and cooking schools.

Article 2 of the Statute

The Academy’s activity is expressed in multiple arenas. Article 2 of the Statute specifies its main foci, inspiring the innumerable projects which the Academy undertakes, coordinates, follows up and promotes not only internally but especially with a 360° perspective. Indeed, the Academy has many methods of achieving its goals:
a)  to study gastronomic issues of the “Italian Cuisine”, generate proposals, provide information in response to requests by public officials, entities, associations, and public and private institutions and to promote initiatives that are conducive to a better understanding of traditional Italian culinary values;
b)  to promote and encourage all those initiatives which, through historical research and its publication, contribute to an appreciation of Italian cuisine in Italy and abroad, also as an expression of its customs, culture, civilization and science;
c)  to promote and encourage public awareness of the restaurants in Italy and abroad, which truly respect and observe the traditional qualities and characteristics of national, regional and local Italian cuisine;
d)  to recognize and appreciate all those who endeavour to achieve the Academy’s goals.

A cultural institution

In 2003, the Italian Ministry of Culture recognised the Academy’s amply documented cultural achievements, anointing it as a ‘Cultural Institution’, thereby positioning it among Italy’s foremost cultural entities, bearers of experience and wisdom in many fields of culture.