Austin’s own Matthew Lee, founder of Tèo Gelato, will travel to Italy this September to compete in the Finals of the Gelato World Tour in hopes of being named the best gelato maker in the world.  During the North American stop of the Gelato World Tour, which took place earlier this year in Austin, Tèo competed against 16 gelato makers from Canada and the United States and won a coveted berth as one of three North American representatives to compete in the Finals, which will take place in Rimini, Italy September 5th through 7th, 2014.Twenty gelato makers from around the globe will compete in the championship, with winning flavors having been determined by preliminary rounds held in Germany, North America, the Middle East, Australia, Spain & Italy.  The winners were decided by a voting system relying on 50% public voting and 50% technical judges’ voting, with the top three flavors from each round invited to participate in the World Championship.

Salted Pecan

Tèo founder Matthew Lee wowed the Austin crowd and placed in the top three flavors in the North American competition this spring with the flavor “Nuts”; an American and Italian combination of creamy peanut butter swirled with Nutella. To capture the spirit of his home state, Lee plans to serve a flavor featuring pecans, the official nut of Texas, during the world championship.

To celebrate the honor of being named one of the top gelato makers in the world, Tèo is offering one lucky gelato lover a plane ticket to Italy as part of the sweepstakes taking place July 1st through August 4th.“We have been incredibly honored to serve our hometown of Austin the past eleven years and wanted to share our excitement in being named one of the best gelato makers in the world,” notes Lee. “It’s not a true celebration unless we’re able to honor our loyal customers.”

The contest

Guests will be able to enter the competition by filling out a form with contact information at Tèo, located at 1206 West 38th Street, in the 26 Doors Shopping Center from July 1st -August 4th 2014.

The winner will be drawn at random after August 5th.  Complete rules and regulations are available on the website as well as inside Tèo.

Tèo invites its customers to wish Lee “Buona Fortuna” on the patio August 13th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. where the lucky winner of the trip to Italy will also be announced.  Complimentary scoops of the awards winning Nuts flavor will be on hand as well as delicious gelato cocktails.