culinary diplomacy

People always come together around food. As people move, they bring their foods with them. As cultures come into contact in the kitchen and dining room, a new sort of cultural diplomacy emerges that promotes the sharing of values, traditions, and worldviews through food. This new soft power can effectively bridge conflicts, at times more effectively than normal diplomacy. History has proven that national cuisines have spread organically around the world. Spreading culinary traditions, through state and non-state actors, as a way of sharing values, culture and tradition has been called cultural diplomacy, or gastrodiplomacy. Recently, this form of diplomacy has become popular, and has proven to be an effective way of bringing together people in conflict.

This discussion explored how governments, organizations and individuals are working to bring cultures together through food. As a new and understudied field, how can this tool of diplomacy be used more broadly in conflict resolution? How can gastrodiplomacy 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? 

Special thanks to our sponsors at the Austrian Embassy and Kapnos by Mike Isabella for providing selected items for reception guests.

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Kids Cooking Challange

Kids Cooking Challange

Kids Cooking Challange

"THE COOKING KIDS PROJECT"


Prior to the panel discussion a group of students from Danila Kumer Elementary School from Ljubljana, Slovenia showcased their cooking skills in the NYU lobby.

The students were finalists of “The Cooking Kids” culinary competition for school-aged children which takes place every year in renowned restaurants in Slovenia. The program was developed by Ms. Anka Peljhan and introduces cooking skills to youngsters by emphasizing the use of healthy, local, and natural ingredients.

“The Cooking Kids” program fosters self-confidence in the kitchen, boosts the team work and nurtures mutual understanding. It also endeavors that grandmothers' recipes for traditional foods will further be preserved, moreover become part of family meals again. Next to cooking, children participating in the program also learn about home gardening and healthy life style. The Cooking Kids Program is supported by the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Participating Children:
Sara Kohl, 11
Nina Samardžija, 11
Dominik Ivan Moro, 10
Benjamin Kohl, 10
Brina Samardžija, 9  


Lauren Bernstein

Lauren Bernstein

Todd Gray

Todd Gray

Zoe Kosmidou

Zoe Kosmidou

Pati Jinich

Pati Jinich

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall

Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall

Johanna Mendelson-Forman

Johanna Mendelson-Forman