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Happy 2019 – Best Gourmet Providore Nominations


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Happy New Year 2019. We are excited to report that nominations for our International Gourmet Food Guide Awards 2019 have been pouring in over the last few months and our reviews have begun.

Providore – A Quick History

Providore/Provedore – is the rather grand-sounding name which increasingly refers to the store which provides the staples or specialist eating house. International Gourmet Food Guide is looking for the best Gourmet Providore for our 2019 Awards.

In the Middle Ages, the city of Venice was a strategic City-State and desirable to many who desired to capture its status and position. Thus, throughout its history, it had to defend itself. The term ‘providore‘ described the military guard responsible for securing and protecting food and provisions for the City. The root of the word the Latin provideo – “I foresee”

Nomination Best Independent Gourmet Providore: Gourmet Life

Gourmet Life was recently nominated by one of our Instagram followers. This delightful, independent, well stocked providore is based in Sydney, Australia and owned by Josh Rea who has broad experience in the fine food market, having worked closely with leading Australian importers and wholesalers, and with numerous delicatessens, butchers, fishermen and fishmongers, farmers, renowned chefs and five star restaurants, and with people who are simply fine food fanatics. As a result of the nomination, we recently reviewed their extensive supply of Oscietra Black River Caviar, Spanish cockles, Italian white truffles, St James Scottish smoked salmon, Julian Martin Jamon Iberico de Bellota and Radicchio Rosso di Treviso IGP

Details of the individual product reviews will be posted via our Instagram page @gourmetfoodguide over the coming weeks.

Video footage supplied by @thegourmetguru888

Other nominations for Best Gourmet Providore received so far by International Gourmet Food Guide include Simon Johnson, the iconic food hall at Harrods of London and historic providores to the Royal Family, Fortnum and Mason! We will be diligently working through further nominations for all award categories as they continue to arrive and will be busy filming reviews in Italy, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and USA over the first eight months of 2019. Details of our award categories and process for nominations can be found via our Awards Info page. Follow us on Instagram @gourmetfoodguide