“We hope we will have the opportunity again to represent Greece’s gastronomy abroad,” the Chef’s Club of Greece said following the presentation of the country’s cuisine at the European Parliament on 10 April.
At an event held at the European Parliament entitled “Increasing Greek agricultural productivity by raising quality,” 60 Greek chefs from Greece and other parts of Europe served the MEPs in Brussels a vast variety of dishes prepared with the finest local products.
Greek chefs served the guests and provided information on the recipes and the traditional products used for their creation.
According to the Chef’s Club of Greece, the feedback was very positive on the Greek dishes, the association’s presence and the organization of the event.
The European Parliament opened its doors to Greek gastronomy at the initiative of Greek MEP from the German Liberal Party, Giorgos Chatzimarkakis.
“We believe that in these difficult times, we seized the opportunity given to us by Mr. Hatzimarkakis and with the help of supporters/sponsors, were able to worthily complete this mission and give a small contribution through our gastronomy to restore Greece’s image abroad,” the chef’s club said.
The event was held under the auspices of the Greek Tourism Ministry, the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Ministry of Rural Development and Food.
Workshop on Greek agricultural productivity
In addition to the presentation of Greek dishes, a workshop took place at the European Parliament on “Increasing Greek agricultural productivity through Quality Boost” that included the following speakers: Giorgos Chatzimarkakis, MEP; Dacian Ciolos, Commissioner for Agriculture Development; Athanasios Tsaftaris, Greek Minister of Rural Development and Food; Giorgos Stavrakakis, MEP; Yiannis Boutaris, Mayor of Thessaloniki; Miltos Karoubas, President of the Chef’s Club of Greece; Klaus Hübenthal, Director of Dehoga Nordrhein-Westfalen eV. Commissioner Maria Damanaki gave a welcome speech.