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Simone is a young Jewish activist from Milan. He is currently serving as a councilor of the Jewish community of Milan and secretary general of the European Council of Jewish Communities and is active in various fields relating to Jewish life.
Besides this passion, Simone, a trained engineer nurturing a flourishing career, is the head of global health at Eni in Milan. Simone is an expert in design and implementation of management systems for health, community initiatives, impact assessment, welfare, HSE and sustainability, and human capital. He is also engaged in the management of environment, climate change, circular economy, water management, biodiversity and ecosystems, adaptation and mitigation, compliance, and corporate liability.
Giovanni Terracina was born on November, 7, 1965, in Rome, where he still lives with his life-companion and their child. He belongs to an ancient Jewish Roman family that can trace back its presence in Rome to the 16th century.
After obtaining his diploma from the Roman hotel and catering school, Giovanni began his apprenticeship in hotels and restaurants there; this is when he started collaborating with chef Mario Zorzetto, who had worked for both the Aga Kahn and Aristotle Onassis. In 1985, Giovanni moved to Israel to gain experience in the Kfar Etzion Kibbutz. Back in Italy after two years, he started a collaboration with the Cultural Department through the Unione delle Comunità Ebraiche Italiane, promoting the rebirth of small Jewish communities in the countryside. In the same period, he assisted the rabbinic office of the Roman Jewish community in maintaining Kashrut standards, thus shaping the two main elements that make up the framework of his career: on one side, the theory and practice of the classics of international cuisine, and on the other, in-depth knowledge of Jewish tradition, focusing on oenogastronomy in particular.
In 1992, Giovanni co-founded King David Catering, where he remains CEO. It quickly became a landmark for both the Roman and the entire Italian Jewish community. After providing service for numerous celebrations connected with Jewish life, King David Catering built an international reputation as well, quickly becoming the choice for gala dinners, for international Jewish organizations, and for national events. Every Israeli president, prime minister, and chief rabbi who has visited Italy has tasted their food. Under Giovanni’s leadership, Le Bon Ton catering (the commercial name for King David Catering), stands out for its capability to combine oenogastronomic Italian excellence while maintaining Jewish standards, along with a continuous drive for innovation and experimentation.
In time, Giovanni’s need to match the proper wine with food he serves fostered his interest in wine in general, and kosher wine in particular. Since the late 1990s, he has secured exclusive sale rights for several top-level Italian and international wines.
In 2008, with author Bruna Tedeschi for her book La Mia Cucina Ebraico Romanesca (My Roman-Jewish Cookbook), Giovanni paired wine for every recipe in the book, and took care of the final section dedicated to kosher wine.
In 2015 he was featured among the authors of La Dieta Kasher (The Kosher Diet), organizing the "wine and health" section.
Alongside running his company, Giovanni is often requested for kosher food courses in Italy and abroad, for speeches in kosher-related conferences and tv shows, and to act as the food and beverage manager in Kosher and even non-Jewish venues.
For the last twenty years, he has organized Gusto Kosher each November in Rome, dedicated entirely to the diffusion of Jewish and Israeli oenogastronomy. Pizzarelle con il miele (Pizzarelle with honey) is a typical sweet from Roman/Jewish Passover, but is not well known.
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