Carlo Petrini

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Carlo Petrini
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Carlo Petrini at Identità Golose Conference 2010
Carlo Petrini

(1949-06-22) 22 June 1949 (age 73)
Bra, Italy

Carlo Petrini (born 22 June 1949) is an Italian activist and author and founder of the International Slow Food Movement.

Petrini was born in the commune of Bra, province of Cuneo, Italy. He was formerly a political activist in the communist Proletarian Unity Party (Partito di Unità Proletaria; PdUP). In 1977, he began contributing culinary articles to the communist daily newspapers il manifesto and l'Unità.[1]

He first came to prominence in the 1980s for taking part in a campaign against the fast food chain McDonald's opening near the Spanish Steps in Rome.[1] In 1983, he helped to create and develop the Italian non-profit food and wine association known as Arcigola.[2] He founded Slow Food in 1986 and became the organization's president.

He is an editor of multiple publications at the publishing house Slow Food Editore. He has written weekly columns for La Stampa and is currently a regular journalist on La Repubblica. In October 2004, he founded the University of Gastronomic Sciences, a university devoted to new gastronomists and innovators of sustainable food systems.

He is now a supporter and member of the Italian Democratic Party (center-left wing). Petrini was proposed for politician roles (as Minister).

Carlo Petrini has received numerous awards and acknowledgments including: Communicator of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London; Sicco Mansholt Prize in the Netherlands; honorary degree in cultural anthropology from the University of New Hampshire; and Eckart Witzigmann Science and Media Prize from Germany.[2] In 2004 he was chosen as one of Time magazine's heroes of the year.[3] He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award (Champions of the Earth) in 2013.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "The Quick Brain Behind Slow Food, The Independent, 17 June 2006". Archived from the original on 9 October 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Carlo Petrini, President and Founder of the Slow Food Movement" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  3. ^ The Slow Revolutionary, Time, 3 October 2004
  4. ^ Environment, U. N. (22 August 2019). "Carlo Petrini". Champions of the Earth.


  • Slow Food Nation: Why Our Food Should Be Good, Clean, and Fair, Rizzoli, May 2007, ISBN 0-8478-2945-6
  • Slow Food Revolution: A New Culture for Dining and Living in conversation with Gigi Padovani, Rizzoli, September 2006, ISBN 0-8478-2873-5
  • Slow Food: The Case for Taste (Arts & Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History), Columbia University Press, April 2003, ISBN 0-231-12844-4
  • Slow Food Nation, a speech at Princeton University, 17 May 2007.

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