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Culinary Diplomacy: Chefs for Heads of State of the world to meet in Delhi
The Chefs for Heads of State of the world will converge in the Indian capital this autumn to further promote culinary diplomacy, giving the country its first-ever opportunity to host a general assembly of the Club des Chefs des Chefs (CCC) - the exclusive gastronomic society with a four-decade history.

The elite confederation comprising two dozen members from as many countries where they work as the principal chef for their constitutional head will meet for six days beginning October 23, 2016 in New Delhi, from where the delegates will also travel to Agra and Jaipur, organizers said today.

A demonstration of Indian cooking and sari-draping, a high tea with the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan and a charity dinner which will channel the money thus raised for a philanthropic cause will be the highlights of the October 23-28 event, they told a press conference at The Imperial which will be the family hotel of the assembly.

"CCC is an exclusive club where each nation is represented by just one member—the principal chef of the head of state. It has two women," pointed out Gilles Bragard, the executive secretary of Paris-based non-profit organisation he founded in 1977. "The annual general assembly is thus a sort of G20 on gastronomy."

The charity dinner this year on October 25 will have 200 seats reserved in the Imperial hotel. "The money thus raised will be donated for social uplift; the beneficiary for this year will be decided in the days to come. Last time, it was for the children of Haiti," added Bragard in a release.

The delegates in Delhi will also go for a tour of the capital's spices market, added the veteran, noting that the annual meet customarily shows the chefs the best of local cuisine as well as the best of hotels of the host city.

Venu Rajamony, press secretary to the President of India, noted that the country has a rich variety of cuisines that could please and surprise the people of the world.

Montu Saini, Executive Chef to the President of India, said he found it a matter of pride for the country to host the "culinary ambassadors across the globe".

The October 25 charity dinner will be prepared by a team of five CCC chefs. The October 26-28 Agra-Jaipur tour will cover, among others, the Taj Mahal and Amber Palace in the Rajasthan capital, he added.

Vijay Wanchoo, Senior Exec Vice-President and General Manager of The Imperial, New Delhi, said the historic legacy, cultural heritage, grandeur and the culinary excellence of The Imperial that makes it an ideal partner for an event of such a stature. "It's indeed a privilege for us to host culinary masters from across the globe and offer them the taste of real India with us," he noted.

At a time when fusion food is gaining popularity the world over, the CCC chefs are striving to safeguard authentic cuisine while meeting their modern-day requirements. The members are from Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Haiti, India, Iceland, Luxemburg, Monaco, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, Ireland, Israel and Italy.

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