Food Film Menu 2020: Best Food Film on Environment and Food announced

The short film Making Norway Taste the Picture from Trondheim-Trøndelag, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022, has been announced as winner of the Environment and Food category of the Food Film Menu 2020, organised by IGCAT.

The film highlights how the nature and landscapes of Trondheim-Trøndelag give a unique flavour to its food and tells the story about a renewed food tradition in Norway, with love for local produce and a unique passion for producing and serving food in a rough environment.

Norwegian food culture, with its passionate chefs and local producers, has gathered international accolades in the last fifteen years. One of those is Heidi Bjerkan, head chef at Michelin star Credo in Trondheim. Bjerkan has got a close collaboration with local suppliers as Fannremsgården Farm and Skjølberg Søndre in Orkdal. They are all portrayed in the film, telling us about their close relationship to their products and the rough nature where it has been produced.

One of four films in the series Making Norway, Making Norway Taste the Picture was selected by an international jury of IGCAT experts as the best short film on Environment and Food, as it put the spotlight on food-related environmental issues such as biodiversity preservation and local animal and plant varieties.

“Very well done! Gives a flavour of nature, food, people and the beauty of Trondheim-Trøndelag. Created with knowledge, experience, emotion and love” affirmed jury member Lidia Varbanova.

“This film shows the power and influence of the soil, forests, sea, climate and light on the food of Trondheim-Trøndelag, and the impact of the harshness of its environment. It provides a powerful evocation of the feeling of tasting and its strong connection to the challenges of growing food” stated jury member Robert Palmer.

The international jury included IGCAT experts: Alessio Cavicchi (Italy), Professor at the Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism at University of Macerata; Mai Damgaard Rasmussen (Denmark), Director of the FoodFilmFestival of Aarhus; Daniela Jelincic (Croatia), Senior Reasearch Advisor at the Institute for Development and International Relations of Zagreb; Dorian Lungu (Romania), trainer in in management of intercultural learning; Robert Palmer (Scotland), independent consultant  and former Director of Culture, Cultural and Natural Heritage at the Council of Europe; Marina Simião (Brazil), Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais; and Lidia Varbanova (Bulgaria), Senior consultant, lecturer and researcher in arts, culture and the creative industries.

In the next days, the winners of the 7 categories of the Food Film Menu 2020 will be officially announced. A public’s vote will be open on Facebook (4-7 September) to select the Overall Winner of the Food Film Menu 2020, that will be announced in Kuopio (Finland) on 11 September 2020, during their opening ceremony as European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2020-2021.

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.

About the Region of Gastronomy     

Candidate and awarded 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.