My Fair Meal

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TODAY IN UZBEKISTAN - Igor Saneyev

The sec­ond in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val­con­test, My Fa­vorite Uzbek Meal, has taken place in the Khon­ba­lik farm of the Bostan­lyk district in Tashkent re­gion.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the diplo­matic corps ac­cred­ited in our coun­try, fa­mous chefs, and ex­perts took part in this event or­ga­nized by the diplo­matic ser­vice of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs and the As­so­ci­a­tion of Cooks of Uzbek­istan.

At the open­ing of the con­test, it was noted that Uzbek­istan places much at­ten­tion on the care­ful preser­va­tion of the na­tional tra­di­tions and val­ues, fur­ther en­rich­ment and devel­op­ment of ar­ti­san schools, and wide dis­sem­i­na­tion of the in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage of our coun­try at the in­ter­na­tional level. Projects, fes­ti­vals, demon­strat­ing na­tional tra­di­tions and val­ues, the cul­ture of var­i­ous peo­ples play an im­por­tant role in the strength­en­ing of diplo­matic, cul­tural and ed­u­ca­tional re­la­tions be­tween states. The na­tional Uzbek culi­nary school which has rich tra­di­tions has gained wide pop­u­lar­ity in the world. And the fes­ti­val is another con­fir­ma­tion of this.

The con­test was con­ducted in an un­usu­ally pic­turesque place - near the pond where the swans swam sur­rounded by lush green­ery of plants, and not far off the snowy peaks of the moun­tains. Each em­bassy pre­sented a wide range of na­tional cui­sine and dishes. For ex­am­ple, it was dif­fi­cult to tear your­self away from the mag­nif­i­cent Ukrainian lard or sharply cooked fish by Chi­nese chefs, and even more so pass by the amaz­ing and unique French wines.

«This com­pe­ti­tion is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to get a close ac­quain­tance with the Uzbek culi­nary arts and cui­sine of other na­tions», said Am­bas­sador Ex­traor­di­nary and Plenipo­ten­tiary of the Re­pub­lic of In­dia to our coun­try Vinod Ku­mar. “For this fes­ti­val we have pre­pared a spe­cial stand about In­dian cui­sine and pre­sented the process of pre­par­ing na­tional dishes”.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of the con­test, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Em­bassy of Kyr­gyzs­tan took the first place in the nom­i­na­tion «The best na­tional dish». The Em­bassy of the State of Pales­tine be­came the win­ner in the nom­i­na­tion «The stand with the best de­sign».

...When the fes­ti­val was al­ready com­ing to its end, do­mes­tic cook­ers fi­nally cooked Uzbek pi­laf. Well, what is the fa­vorite Uzbek dish with­out it? And look­ing, as all the par­tic­i­pants of the com­pe­ti­tion ap­petite our na­tional culi­nary her­itage, I thought that the an­swer to this ques­tion should not cause any dif­fi­cul­ties.

Next year, within the frame­work of the fes­ti­val, it is planned to carry out the World Cook­ing Cham­pi­onship. Well, then Uzbek pi­laf, in my opin­ion, will take another height of recog­ni­tion and love...

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