Chilled out Somers seals European finals spot

Somers Giacopazzi licking his toffee ice-cream with his medal in it. Somers beat off competition to get through to the Geleto finals in Harrogate.
Somers Giacopazzi licking his toffee ice-cream with his medal in it. Somers beat off competition to get through to the Geleto finals in Harrogate.

AN EYEMOUTH youngster kept his cool recently to see off fellow competitors and earn a place in the UK team for the finals of a major European ice cream competition next year.

Somers Giacopazzi, who works at his family’s award winning ice cream and fish and chip restaurant, travelled down to Harrogate earlier this month to take part in the first ever UK heat of Gelato - a contest created by Italian ice cream connoisseurs.

The competition runs once every three years and next year’s championships will see competitors from nine nations - Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Australia, Greece, Slovenia, France and the UK - battle it out for the top prize of a cruise around the Caribbean.

To qualify for the finals, Somers had to come up with some tasty toffee ice cream, and although his personal favourite flavour is strawberry cheesecake, he delivered the goods, finishing second to only DiSotto Foods of London.

As one of the youngest competitors at the event, Somers was up against some well-established ice cream makers but he said he didn’t let the nerves get to him.

“I managed to stay quite chilled out,” he told ‘The Berwickshire News’.

“It was a bit daunting having to use the Gelato machines that had been brought in specially for the event but after some Italian guys had showed us how to use them I just got on with the job.

“I would say when it comes to making the perfect ice cream it’s all about the mix but you’ve got to put a bit of heart into it as well.”

Somer will have to wait until October next year before he joins his UK team mates in Berlin to make his bid for glory with either mango or chocolate ice cream.

And Somers’ success in the Gelato wasn’t the only good result for Giacopazzi’s at the Ice Cream Expo in Harrogate. They took home a silver medal for their rum and raisin ice cream and also received two Special Diplomas of Merit for their chocolate and cherry ice creams and six Diplomas of Merit for their ice creams and sorbets.