Culinary Experts Visit U.S. To Explore American Food Culture
September 5, 2012
Czech chef Ondřej Slanina, presenter of the Czech Television cooking show "Boys in Action", participates in the International Visitor Leadership Program “Culinary Diplomacy: Promoting Cultural Understanding Through Food” from September 6 through September 28. He visits the Unites States along with culinary experts from 24 different countries.
The program will provide an opportunity to explore the role of food in bringing people of varied backgrounds together. The participants will meet with chefs, farmers, and culinary experts across the country.
The exchange will open in Washington DC, where sessions will be held on the importance of culinary diplomacy, agriculture in the United States, and the federal system of government. The participants will spend a morning volunteering at DC Central Kitchen, as well as attend a culinary event at the U.S. Department of State hosted by the Office of the Chief of Protocol.
Participants will travel to New York to explore the role of urban initiatives for food development and learn about how collaboration among chefs, schools, and farms can bring local fresh foods to the city.
Next, participants will travel to San Francisco and Napa Valley, CA, to view culinary education in the United States and the farm-to-table movement. Participants will then split off into four groups with each group studying rural farming communities and sustainable farming practices in Freeport or Sterling, IL, and Grand Island or Omaha, NE.
The delegation will reunite in Des Moines, IA, where they will attend the World Food Festival. Finally, the exchange will conclude in New Orleans, where participants will learn about cuisine specialties of the United States, food tourism, industry volunteerism, and culinary youth initiatives.
The International Visitor Leadership Program is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.
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- The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. More information can be find at http://exchanges.state.gov.