Athens ready for 37th World Association of Chefs Societies Congress in 2016

28/04/2012 - ARTION Conferences & Events

This event will bring together over 1,000 internationally recognized food professionals and will therefore provide Greece with an unprecedented opportunity to promote its food and tourism.

As Athens has been selected as one of the top three candidate cities for organizing the 37th WACS Congress in 2016, along with Istanbul and Johannesburg, the Hellenic Chefs’ Federation is feverishly preparing for a dynamic presentation at Daejeon, Korea, and invites WACS members to support the Hellenic candidacy.

Now the time has come to re-discover Mediterranean cuisine, as neither Greece nor any other Mediterranean country has hosted a WACS Congress in the last 30 years. That is why the Hellenic Chefs’ Federation intends to organize a traditional high-level congress in Europe’s most historic city, featuring Hellenic colours and flavours.

With the aim of making the most of this unique opportunity for promoting Greece and its cuisine, culture and traditions before the international gastronomic community, the Hellenic Chefs’ Federation is rallying national and local bodies that can make a substantial contribution to a successful outcome, namely the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the City of Athens, the Athens Convention Bureau, the Greek Tourism Organisation, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, etc.

During the 35th WACS Congress in Korea, the attendants will have the opportunity to taste the "Greek Breakfast," a new breakfast buffet consisting of traditional products and flavours selected from every corner of Greece, introduced by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels in cooperation with the Hellenic Chef’s Association and with the support of the Greek National Tourism Organization. The Greek Breakfast is the result of a fruitful cooperation between culinary experts from all over Greece, such as executive chefs, specialized tasters and representatives from chambers of commerce, and the traditional food production industry, responding to the high standards of international cuisine.

"Our intention has always been to evolve our traditional dishes to a higher level by using new techniques and discretely adding new ingredients, while maintaining their quality. This is what we have in mind for the WACS Congress in 2016: to organize a traditional high-level congress, in Europe’s most historic city, Athens, featuring Hellenic colours and flavours," commented the President of the Hellenic Chefs’ Federation, Mr Miltos Karoubas.

The Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr Nikitiadis, said he was certain that initiatives like this can only help to improve Athens’ prestige in international tourism markets.

"This event will bring together over 1,000 internationally recognized food professionals and will therefore provide Greece with an unprecedented opportunity to promote its food and tourism," stated D. Amarantidou, communications director at ARTION Conferences & Events, who is responsible for preparing the bid portfolio and coordinating the Greek delegation travelling to Korea in May.

For more information please contact the Hellenic Bid Coordinator, ARTION Conferences & Events: Tel: (+30) 2310 272275, 2310 252330, email: [email protected].

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