Mayonnaise, The Universal Sauce gets 3rd prize in the Food Film Menu 2020

The short film Mayonnaise, The Universal Sauce from Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022, has been awarded 3nd prize of the Food Film Menu 2020, organised by IGCAT in collaboration with the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform.

Produced by the Island Council of Menorca (Consell Insular de Menorca), this short film unveils Menorca’s gastronomic secrets and narrates the origins and recipe of mayonnaise, a globally renown sauce that was named after Menorca’s capital city, Maó.

Shortlisted by an international jury of IGCAT experts as the Best Food Film showcasing a Historical Food Route, Mayonnaise, The Universal Sauce was the third most voted short film out of 7 finalists of the Food Film Menu 2020 in a people’s vote launched on social media by IGCAT on 4-7 September 2020.

“This film tells the little known and surprising history of mayonnaise – or should I say Mahonesa? Its story is beautifully told through pictures and the twists and turns of history, where Menorca plays its crucial role” affirmed jury member Mai Damgaard Rasmussen at the first selection stage.

“The amazing story of mayonnaise, under the current perspective of who prepares it with local ingredients by following traditional processes. A great storytelling!” stated jury member Alessio Cavicchi.

The announcement of the Food Film Menu 2020 winners took place during the Opening Ceremony of Kuopio (Finland) as European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2020-2021, held on 11 September 2020 and live streamed on YouTube for the international audience.

Levi Devžej  from Slovenia, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2021, shortlisted in the European Young Chefs category, was awarded Overall Winner of the Food Film Menu 2020, while second prize went to Home of Nordic Flavours 2020 from Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022, winner of the Regions of Gastronomy category.

The Food Film Menu aims to collect short films about awarded and candidate Regions of Gastronomy that help raise awareness about the importance of food and cultural diversity for community well-being and a more sustainable future.

The Food Film Menu 2020 included the following 7 categories: Regions of GastronomyEuropean Young ChefsFood-related Visitor Experiences or Food Gifts from the Regions of GastronomyHistorical Food RoutesNew Food TrendsEnvironment and FoodFood and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Watch all category winners of the Food Film Menu 2020.

About the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform    

Candidate and awarded World Regions of Gastronomy, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness; stimulate creativity and gastronomic innovation; educate for better nutrition; improve sustainable tourism standards; highlight distinctive food cultures; and strengthen community well-being.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health and local economies.

IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World Regions of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the Young Chef Award, the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.