SLIDE SHOW: Ready, Set, Pesto

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One hundred semi-finalists listen to the pesto hymn, before they begin to pound.
Aglaia Kremezi learns the secrets of mixing basil, garlic, pine nuts, and cheese in
Ready, Set, Pesto.
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Observers in the baroque hall of the Palazzo Ducale, where the pesto contest is held.
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Ready, Set, Pesto.
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The local DOP basil from Genoa is the base for the traditional pesto.


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Contestants start to add ingredients to the mortars.
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Some brought their own, well seasoned mortars.
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Wearing red aprons, the judges tasted and noted.


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The winner, Federico Ferro, is a young pharmacist from Genoa's Sestri Levante .
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Roberto Panizza, president of Associazione Palatifini and organizer of the event.
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Before the main event, there was a children's pesto competition in a smaller hall of the Palazzo Ducale.
Aglaia Kremezi learns the secrets of mixing basil, garlic, pine nuts, and cheese in
Ready, Set, Pesto.
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Exhibition of antique mortars at the charming old kitchen of the Palazzo Spinola ( Galleria Nazionale ).
Aglaia Kremezi learns the secrets of mixing basil, garlic, pine nuts, and cheese in
Ready, Set, Pesto.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2010/04/slide-show-ready-set-pesto/38465/