It’s the CDP Canada-US First Chief Ambassador visit in the name of culinary diplomacy. The CDP has partnered with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology [SAIT,] – the first culinary school in North America implement a culinary diplomacy program for hundreds of students. Two participating celebrity chefs are: david guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Restaurant [Arlington, VA,] – [In 2015, worked with Bernstein to participate in a Diplomatic Culinary Partnership in Brazil] James Beard Award cookbook finalist, host/judge of Travel Channel’s “American Grilled” and recently returned from Poland/Ukraine border preparing meals for refugees with World Central Kitchen; and Mary Mazon of Boca Tacos and Tequila [Tucson, AZ,] a fifth finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef”: Portland” in 2021 and a James Beard Semi-finalist for “Best Chef: Southwest” award in 2020. Chefs taught students how to prepare American dishes that speak to their culture – with ingredients sourced from regional Canadian suppliers, dedicated to sustainability.

The Culinary Diplomacy Project is on a mission to use food and its power – especially when shared with others – to break down barriers. Through the CDP, this work is already underway.

SAIT School of Hospitality and Tourism
SAIT is a leader in applied education, delivering student-centered learning that balances practical skills, people skills, and a community-focused mindset, all in immersive taught learning environments. by a world-class faculty. the School of Hospitality and Tourism is ranked both the #1 hotel management school and the #1 culinary school in Canada, and #18 worldwide. SAIT has live cooking labs where students learn about the industry in a safe learning environment serving and preparing food for customers at the Tastemarket, Butcher, Highwood and International Culinary Campus.

Culinary Diplomacy at SAIT
Two new Culinary diplomacy and anthropology courses have been established, championed by a culinary faculty member Rosalyn Ediger and inspired by his experience as a chef in a Canadian embassy. From January 2022, the course is taught to all Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts students. Additionally, the concepts of culinary diplomacy and anthropology are woven through the various technical courses that students take while completing their culinary degree.

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