A gala dinner with a special Renaissance menu to celebrate the anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci was the highlight of the Italian Cuisine Week in Yangon. In addition, the evening’s programme also saw all the city’s Italian restaurants offer ‘dedicated’ menus at special prices to exalt the qualities of our food and wine products. This year, four Italian and Burmese chefs – including a young Burmese chef who graduated from the ALMA International School of Italian Cuisine – held 12 cooking masterclasses for the main local hospitality institutes and for the Myanmar Deaf Chefs Association, a NGO founded by an Italian that provides vocational training for deaf students.
For the first time, a show-cooking event was organised at one of Myanmar’s high-end supermarket chains. The event showcased different types of pasta, wine, cheese, preserves and cured meats brought by Italian producers who had the opportunity of meeting the major local distributors.
Italian Ambassador Alessandra Schiavo expressed satisfaction for the intense programme of activities: “The many contributors – chefs, Italian restaurants, ALMA, Vocational Schools and local non-profit organisations, ICE and big distributors in Myanmar – cooperated in organising a week in Yangon in which Italian wine and gastronomy took centre stage.”