The Italian chef Cristina Bowerman is the guest of honor for the Week of Italian Cuisine in the World that starts today in Dakar and will end on November 26. In the capital of Senegal, the many-starred chef will herself be the star of events and intercultural meetings, in addition to offering recipes of Italian excellence.
The events scheduled for the week are organized by the Italian Institute of Culture in Dakar in collaboration with the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS Dakar). The goal is to introduce the richness and variety of the food and wine traditions of the Italian regions, the quality products of our land and the approach to correct, balanced nutrition based on the Mediterranean Diet, synonymous with wellbeing, conviviality and food education, also recognized as an intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO.
Chef Bowerman has received Michelin stars and 3 Gambero Rosso forks; since 2016, she has also been President of the Italian Association of Ambassadors of Taste and a strong supporter of food safety and sustainable agriculture. She is a signatory of the “Chefs’ Manifesto”, an initiative of chefs in favor of sustainable nutrition, and last February she participated in the Davos Agenda of the World Economic Forum. She has always tried to be a model for women in the food service industry as well.
In Dakar, Chef Bowerman will meet first with the agricultural producers, dealers and chefs of western Africa, to discuss possible links between Italy and Senegal in the culinary and agri-food sector. On November 26, she will have the opportunity to observe the fruits of this first taste of Senegal during a training session for aspiring chefs at the national school of the hotel and tourist trades, where she will illustrate the Italian rice culture, a food that is basic to the Senegalese diet. A webinar has also been scheduled for broadcast today on the social network channels of the Italian Institute of Culture, in which Chef Bowerman will explore the topic of sustainable food, discussing the role of chefs with representatives of Senegalese and international institutions.
Last night, a gala dinner was held at the residence of the Italian Ambassador to Senegal, attended by institutional personalities and entrepreneurs, journalists and the accredited diplomatic corps, in an event intended to raise awareness about correct dietary habits.