Mediterranean chefs compete for best cous cous

At festival in San Vito Lo Capo

16 September, 14:16

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, SEPTEMBER 16 - The 22nd edition of the Cous Cous Fest, an international event aimed at promoting cultural integration, is opening on September 20 through September 29 in San Vito Lo Capo with cooking shows, tastings, concerts and performances.

    The festival promotes relations between countries in the Mediterranean area and beyond with at the center cous cous, a dish that stands as a symbol of cultural contamination.

    ''This year too - explained Giuseppe PEraino, the mayor of San Vito Lo Capo - our town is opening its doors to the world with the Cous Cous Fest. This year Piazza Santuario, our city center, will once again be key: it will be the setting for all gastronomic and cultural events with two cous cous championships as well as cooking shows with great chefs, performances and screenings of the Sole Luna Doc Fest''.

    The chefs will take part in two competitions. The Italian championship Bia CousCous will include six chefs during the first weekend: participants from all over Italy, pre-selected on the web, will compete on Friday and Saturday the 20th and 21st for the best cous cous dish to win the ''best Italian chef'' title. They will also win the possibility of becoming part of the Italian team who will compete for the world cous cous championship.

    The cous cous world championship is scheduled the following weekend under the motto ''Make cous cous not walls''.

    Participants will include chefs from Israel, Italy, Morocco, Palestine, Senegal, the United States and Tunisia from Thursday the 26th until Saturday the 29th to celebrate peace and integration. A special team will join them, under the banner of UN refugee agency UNHCR and Kamba, a project of social inclusion for young asylum seekers and migrants. The UNHCR team will be joined by two political refugees, Basim Alfatlawi (Iraq) and Jamol Ismail Ssali (Uganda) who participated in the program ''Food for inclusion'' promoted by UNHCR and the University of gastronomic sciences of Pollenzo, which has as objective cultural and economic integration of refugees in Italy through practices connected to food. ''We are happy - said Carlotta Sami, UNHCR regional spokeswoman for southern Europe - for the participation for the first time of a team of refugees in the world championship of cous cous under the UNHCR's banner. It is a unique occasion not just for refugees to show their talent but also for the public to get to know their stories and origins through the preparation of a dish that has always been a symbol of openness, exchange and integration''. (ANSAmed)
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