PEACE KITCHEN: MAKE FOOD NOT WAR, A SYMPOSIUM ON CULINARY DIPLOMACY
Lauren Bernstein, Director of the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Former Chief of Protocol of the United States.
Ambassador-in-Residence, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council.
Zoe Kosmidou, Director, Hellenic Foundation for Culture – Washington DC.
Pati Jinich, Chef, Cookbook Author and Political Analyst
Johana Mendelson Forman, Scholar-in-Residence, American University; Senior Advisor, Stimson Center; Creator of Conflict Cuisine.®
On Tuesday, May 5, 2015 a Symposium on Culinary Diplomacy took place at New York University in Washington DC organized by:
THE EUROPEAN UNION NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR CULTURE (EUNIC DC), THE HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR CULTURE AND NEW YORK UNIVERSITY.
The speakers were outstanding experts in their fields who discussed and explored how governments, organizations and individuals are working to bring cultures together through food and came up with answers to the following questions:
- How this new and understudied field tool of diplomacy can be used more broadly in conflict resolution?
- How can culinary diplomacy provide a greater impact on citizen-to-citizen interaction? - - As a growing field, who are emerging as leaders, and how can individuals play a role in diplomacy?
Highlight of the evening was a performance by: “THE COOKING KIDS”.
Directly from Slovenia “The Cooking Kids” is an interdisciplinary program developed by Ms. Anka Peljhan that debuted in the USA on May 5th. The program is a brilliant strategy that introduces cooking skills to youngsters by emphasizing the use of healthy, local, and natural ingredients. It fosters self-confidence in the kitchen, boosts team work and nurtures mutual understanding. It also helps pass on to the next generations traditional cuisine to become part of family meals again. Next to cooking, children participating in the program learn about home gardening and a healthy life style. The Cooking Kids Program is supported by the Weston A. Price Foundation and was made possible by the Embassy of Slovenia.
You can watch the Symposium discussion here: https://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/washington-dc/nyu-washington--dc-events/culinary-diplomacy--make-food--not-war.html