Saudi Culinary Arts Commission signed a MoU with Slow Food to support and advance the various culinary sectors in the Kingdom.
The signing ceremony took place in the city of Polenzo yesterday, Italy, where the Commission was represented by its CEO Mayada Badr, while Slow Food was represented by its Secretary-General Paolo di Croce.
The MoU identifies a range of areas for cooperation between the two organizations including the development of regional professional networks and the establishment of pilot food workshops using Slow Food methodologies, whose design and installation will be guided by the expertise of international food businesses. There will also be training programs for Saudi chefs, broader training opportunities around Slow Food concepts, and specialist seminars developed to share the expertise and knowledge of the Slow Food movement.
One element of the MoU looks at including Saudi farmers’ markets in the global Slow Food Earth Market list.
Additionally, up to 60 Saudi food items will be registered in the Slow Food catalog, the Ark of Taste, which aims to preserve endangered ingredients and products.
The Slow Food agreement builds on other international partnerships forged in 2021 by the Culinary Arts Commission, including household recognized Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.