Airbnb search­ing for 100 of the best home chefs for a trip

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FOOD - By Mark Kennedy

NEW YORK >> Airbnb is launch­ing a global search for 100 top home cooks and treat­ing them to a trip to Italy to learn how to re­fine their recipes with teach­ers in­clud­ing David Chang and his mom.

The lucky cho­sen will travel to the Univer­sity of Gas­tro­nomic Sci­ences in Pol­lenzo, Italy, for a week’s worth of work­shops and tast­ings to take their food “to the next level.” Their recipe will also fea­ture in Airbnb’s first cook­book.

Ap­pli­ca­tions open Mon­day. Airbnb users who are 18 and a res­i­dent of one of 30 or so el­i­gi­ble coun­tries can nom­i­nate their fa­vorite home cooks and com­plete an es­say. Ap­pli­ca­tions close Dec. 23.

Win­ners will be se­lected by judges from rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Airbnb, the Slow Food or­ga­ni­za­tion and the Univer­sity of Gas­tro­nomic Sci­ences.

The con­test is part of a larger push into food by Airbnb, which also is launch­ing a new pro­gram, Cook­ing Ex­pe­ri­ences, which con­nects users with in­ti­mate work­shops hosted by fam­i­lies, cooks and famers across more than 75 coun­tries.

Lo­cal hosts will gather and de­scribe how to use in­gre­di­ents, wel­come users to their home and show them how they put to­gether tra­di­tional dishes, from mak­ing en­chi­ladas in Ci­u­dad de Méx­ico, Mex­ico, to Uzbek dishes in New York City.

“Un­like typ­i­cal cook­ing classes, which can feel in­tim­i­dat­ing or time-con­sum­ing, at the heart of ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence is hu­man con­nec­tion; peo­ple com­ing to­gether to make and share a meal,” Airbnb said in a state­ment.

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