James works as cook at a famous restaurant in San Francisco specialized in Ligurian cuisine and has been trained by the Genoese chief cook Paolo Laboa. James has been able to conquer the jury preparing the best pesto among 100 and nosing out two Genoese competitors – Mauro Canepa and Alfonsina Trucco, respectively the second and the third.

So, our golden pestle leaves Genoa to go to California, the demonstration that Genoese pesto is really international! We will wait 2010, the third edition of the World Championship, to know where in the world it will go next!