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Chefs to World Leaders to discuss their visit to the United States at National Press Club Newsmaker, 2 p.m. Aug. 1

WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a unique appearance at the National Press Club, 20 chefs to heads of state from around the world will take part in a Newsmaker news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in the Holeman Lounge to discuss their week-long visit to the United States.

They will come to the NPC from an expected call on President Obama at the White House on Thursday morning and will then take part in a meeting in the afternoon with the State Department Chef Corps to discuss the confluence of culinary diplomacy, a mixture of cuisine and diplomacy.  They also were due to meet U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon in New York City.

The chefs are members of the Club des Chefs des Chefs (CCC), which describes itself as the world's most exclusive gastronomic society. It was founded in 1977 by Gilles Bragard, who will be at the Newsmaker.

The host for the visit is Cristeta Comerford, the White House executive chef, who will help her international counterparts discover American culture through its best products and representative chefs.

The chefs taking part in the visit and who will be attending the Newsmaker are:

GERMANY: Ulrich KERZ Chef of the Federal Chancellor of Germany
AUSTRIA: Rupert SCHNAIT Chef in charge of the official receptions of the President of the Federal Republic of Austria

CANADA:
Timothy WASYLKO Chef of the Prime Minister of Canada
CHINA: MEN JianZhong and LIU Qiang Chefs of the "Great Hall of the People" in Beijing.
DENMARK: Jesper VOLLMER Chef of Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark
UNITED STATES: Cristeta COMERFORD Chef of the President of the United States
FINLAND: Isto TAHVANAINEN Chef of the President of the Republic of Finland
FRANCE: Bernard VAUSSION Chef of the President of the Republic of France
GABON: Ferrier RICHARDSON Chef of the President of Gabon
INDIA: Machindra KASTURE Chef of the President of the Republic of India
ISRAEL: Shalom KADOSH Chef in charge of the official receptions of the President of Israel
ITALIA: Pietro CATZOLA, Chef of the President of the Republic of Italia
MONACO: Christian GARCIA (President of the C.C.C) Chef of His Highness the Prince Albert II of Monaco

POLAND:
Grzegorz RZESZOTARSKI Chef of the President of the Republic of Poland
UNITED KINGDOM: Mark FLANAGAN (Vice-President of the C.C.C) Chef to Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain
SRI LANKA: Rohan FERNANDOPULLE Chef in charge of the official receptions of the President of Sri Lanka

SWEDEN:
Magnus ÅKE REHBÄCK Chef to His Majesty the King of Sweden
SWITZERLAND: Gregor ZIMMERMANN Chef in charge of the official receptions of the Swiss Confederation

THAILAND:
Norbert KOSTNER Chef in charge of the Official Receptions of His Majesty the King of Thailand

Contacts:

Myron Belkind, NPC Newsmaker Event Host and Vice President, NPC, 202-412-9257, myron.belkind@verizon.net
Susan Delbert, Executive Chef, National Press Club, 202-662-7514, SDelbert@press.org
Sam Chapple-Sokol, 802-578-0465, samuel.chapple-sokol@chefsdeschefs.com

SOURCE National Press Club



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