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World-renowned chefs from Spain, China, Peru, Angola and Congo at the Spain Pavilion at the Yeosu Expo in South Jeolla present dishes for a competition introducing their traditional dishes every week to visitors on the spot. The competition continues until the end of July. By Oh Jong-chan

World-renowned chefs from 13 countries are visiting the Yeosu Expo to participate in a cooking competition, introducing their traditional dishes to visitors every week.

In addition to Korean contender Gang Hyeon-wu, a culinary professor at Youngsan University who is known for his international marketing of traditional Korean cuisines, the participating chefs come from Spain, Peru, China, Angola, Congo, Thailand, Indonesia, Colombia, Uruguay, Australia, Guatemala and Argentina.

At each competition, chefs will be allotted only one hour for cooking and can only use local ingredients obtained in Yeosu. The competition allows members of the audience to see the chefs in action and taste the finished products.

As the venue won’t be able to accommodate all visitors to the expo, each international pavilion’s managers will hold a raffle to select a lucky few who are given permission to enter the competition venue.

The organizing committee said the series will run until July 31 in the Spain Pavilion’s conference room.

“Sharing dishes means sharing how to act, feel and live. We’re sharing experiences, tastes and knowledge. We’re building new relationships,” said Miguel Angel Munoz, a manager of the Spain Pavilion who proposed and led the competition. “We expect the food competition to become a venue to experience a variety of international pavilions at the expo.”

The weekly competition takes place every Wednesday: “All That Noodles” tomorrow; “Vegetables” on June 27; “Vegetables and Rice” on July 4; “Meat” on July 11; “Milk Desert and Coffee” on July 18; “Non-milk Desert and Tea” on July 26; and “Everything that Goes with Wine” on July 31.


By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]


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