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White House Africa State Dinner is ‘Culinary Diplomacy’

REUTERS   in 
August 5, 2014

A battery of chefs are hard at work in the White House kitchen in preparation for a dinner for nearly 50 heads of state from Africa.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host the leaders Tuesday evening.

For White House chef Cristeta Comerford, what is delivered to the table is all a part of “culinary diplomacy.”

“Food sends such a wonderful message. You know we have here such a thing [called] culinary diplomacy,” she explains. “Because I really do believe if you have a wonderful meal things and conversations are so much better. ”

Backed by about two dozen chefs, Comerford is crafting a meal that
will showcase American food, including produce from the White House garden.

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