U.S. Department of State to Launch Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with Help from JBF

 

 

From Michelle Obama’s vegetable garden to the recent release of her husband’s home-brew recipe, it’s clear that food has become a major player in the capital. And this week, food is spreading from the White House to the State Department, where it will become a diplomatic instrument under a new initiative known as the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership. The program, which was developed in a partnership with JBF, creates the American Chef Corps, a group of chefs who will act as food-focused statesmen, dispatched around the globe to promote American cuisine and ingredients. "By showcasing the best of American cuisine and creativity, we can show our guests a bit about ourselves," says United States chief of protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall. "Likewise, by incorporating elements of our visitor's culture, we can demonstrate respect and a desire to connect and engage. The connections formed over a shared meal can develop into some of the strongest bonds. Food has the unique ability to unite and energize."

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