CPD Highlights: Gastrodiplomacy
This fall, the PDiN team noticed a significant increase in articles on gastrodiplomacy due in large part to the State Department’s launch of the “American Chef Corps,” a diplomatic culinary partnership aiming to “elevate the role of culinary engagement in America’s formal and public diplomacy efforts.” This news resulted in a flurry of articles, partly because it is a novel idea but also because of the celebrity chef star power that joined the initiative.
However, the U.S. State Department is not the only institution taking gastrodiplomacy seriously. Articles on gastrodiplomacy have been gathered from all over the world by the PDiN team: from the Israeli tourism ministry inviting international food bloggers to their events to a BBC series exploring Chinese culture by way of its cuisine. Clearly food can unite people across borders, and gastrodiplomacy is increasingly understood as an important tool in the diplomatic tool box.
The CPD Blog also recently featured two posts on gastrodipolomacy. In “Setting the Table for Diplomacy,” Paul Rockower reflects on the State Department’s new initiative while Madhurjay Kotoky explores how social media connected international food bloggers at the Phillips Foodathon 2012 in New Delhi.
Below is a selection of recent articles from PDiN on the topic. You can read all PDiN articles and blogs on food and diplomacy by clicking on the gastrodiplomacy or food diplomacy tags on the CPD website.
China’s Gastrodiplomacy on BBC
Pyblic Diplomacy and International Communications (blog)
The State Department has the Right Idea: Use Chefs to Further Diplomacy
San Francisco Chronicle (Blog)
Chefs to Serve as Culinary Diplomats
Setting the Table for Diplomacy
Foodathon 2012 & The Opportunity of ‘Category Blogging’
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