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Italian chefs host boarding schools seminar


THE Italian Cuisine Week, which was officially opened in Harare yesterday, will host a seminar to equip boarding school chefs at Peterhouse School in Marondera on Saturday, NewsDay has learnt.


Italian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Enrico de Agostini, said the seminar was part of the annual event meant to celebrate Italy’s food traditions.

“Our children find the food at school boring, so our chefs are going to teach the cooks to make more exciting foods, but also healthy, because it is important for our children to grow up healthy,” he said.

The ambassador said they had roped in two chefs from an international cuisine school, including master pizza maker Fransesco Santono, to train local chefs.

He said the Italian Cuisine Week was part of an international campaign, Italian Cuisine World Week, which was commemorated across the globe.

“We thought Zimbabwe should be a part of the Cuisine World Week commemorations because I believe Zimbabweans are passionate about food,” he said.

Yesterday’s event kicked off with a training session for culinary enthusiasts at the Colcom Kitchen in the Workington industrial area.

A series of events will be held during the week including dinners, workshops and seminars around town.

The Italian embassy in Harare was expected to host a gala dinner on Friday, combining Italian and Zimbabwean flavoured dishes.

De Agostini said they were delighted that Harare was partaking in the international cultural event because Italian cuisine influence was strong in the capital as in many places around the world.

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