The Culinary Institute of America President, Dr. Tim Ryan, CMC wrote: “We believe that food matters. It is elemental to our existence and integral to nurturing relationships and building community. It is the one indispensable ingredient with which we celebrate life’s great moments.”
The Huffington Post reported: “Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton believes in the power of food. Over more than three years as America’s top diplomat, she has increasingly used cuisine as a tool to bring people together.
The Secretary of State put it this way in a video address: “Food isn’t traditionally thought of as a diplomatic tool, but I think it’s the oldest diplomatic tool. Sharing a meal can help people transcend boundaries and build bridges in a way that nothing else can.”
Clinton enlisted top-rated chefs from across the nation to join an effort to forge cultural exchanges over the dining table worldwide….More than 80 chefs are being inducted into the first American Chef Corps. These food experts could help the State Department prepare meals for visiting dignitaries, travel to U.S. embassies abroad for educational programs with foreign audiences or host culinary experts from around the world in their U.S. kitchens.” The effort has come together with the guidance of the James Beard Foundation.
Among The First Diplomatic Culinary Partnership’s American Chef Corps inductees:
Mary Sue Milliken
I for one hope the new Secretary of State John Kerry continues this program.