ASEAN young chef exchange programme takes place next year

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ASEAN member states including Brunei Darussalam will be invited to participate in a young chef exchange programme in Yogyakarta Indonesia, slated to take place next year, should the budget proposal be approved.

This was said by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia’s Directorate General of Culture, Cooperation Analyst, Prima Massabumi, in an interview during the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Culture and Arts (SOMCA) Plus Three at the Prime Minister’s Office building yesterday.

“Financial arrangement is currently in the process by the ASEAN Secretariat and Plus Three countries (Japan, South Korea and China) but the initiative (of organising the programme) is Indonesia,” Massabumi said.

“Funding will be from the ASEAN Plus Three Cooperation Fund (APTCF) … once it is approved we will start (the organisation of the programme),” he said.

Dubbed the ‘ASEAN plus three Young Chef Exchange: The Celebration of Traditional Cuisine’, two chefs from each of the 13 countries under the ASEAN Plus Three will be invited to showcase their local traditional ‘healthy’ dishes at Yogyakarta — a city known for cultural richness.

“Firstly there will be a workshop on using nutritious food (and healthy ingredients) followed by the cooking where each chef will present their dish to the audience.

“So we proposed for the event to take place in Yogyakarta – one of Indonesia’s cultural city and the audience including the local community will be able to attend and see not only how the chef cooks and prepare dishes but to also taste the food,” he said.

He said that the aim of the programme is to promote awareness among the younger generation of traditional dishes not only in their country but dishes from the ASEAN Plus Three member state countries. Massabumi also said the initiative aimed to promote a healthy life style among the youth.

The outcomes of the SOMCA and SOMCA Plus Three discussions will be presented at the biennial 7th Meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture and Arts (AMCA) meeting today.

The Brunei Times