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Myanmar: conviviality and solidarity at the Week of Italian Cuisine

Myanmar, convivialità e solidarietà per Settimana della Cucina
Myanmar, convivialità e solidarietà per Settimana della Cucina

The Week of Italian Cuisine organised by the Italian Embassy in Yangon closed with a charity dinner at the Residence of the Chargé d’Affaires, Nicolò Tassoni Estense. The all-Italian menu was prepared by a group of disabled or disadvantaged young apprentice chefs. The event was co-organised with the Myanmar Deaf Chefs Association, founded by the Italian Maurizio Mandl in 2016 to offer the opportunity of professional experiences in the catering sector to deaf and dumb youths, and with the professional school established at Yangon’s Shwe Sa Bwe Restaurant.   

“Food means sharing and sharing means solidarity. This is why, considering the current situation in Myanmar – Nicolò Tassoni Estense explained – we decided that all the initiatives organised during the Week would go to support civil society organisations particularly active in the field of food security and education. We believe that the presence of the Embassy, at this time of extreme need, can and must represent a tangible way of providing help, hope, and solidarity to the Burmese population, besides promoting the knowledge of our Country.”

During the Week, the Italian Embassy in Yangon organised an Italian Food Court where Italian restaurants, and distributors and producers of Italian food and wine products in Myanmar offered the more than 500 visitors the possibility of tasting and purchasing a large selection of specialties. Eleven restaurants and bars in Yangon prepared a special menu dedicated to our Country. In addition, through the cooperation with the Italian Embassy and the ICE Agency’s office in Bangkok, a group of Burmese chefs and experts were offered the opportunity to attend cooking and pastry classes offered by the ALMA cooking school as well as other events organised in Bangkok.