AIT head shows off culinary skills at food show
Central News Agency
2013-06-27 07:28 PM
Taipei, June 27 (CNA) Christopher Marut, director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), showed off his culinary talents on Thursday at an international food show by preparing a New Mexican saut嶪d pork loin dish covered in cheese and garnished with self-made guacamole sauce. Donning a red apron, Marut pan fried the 6-ounce American pork loin in canola oil, with Lars Kronmark, a chef-instructor at the Culinary Institute of America, by his side. The two drew an impressive crowd at the USA Pavilion, the largest international pavilion, featuring 75 booths and more than 25 companies, at the 2013 Food Taipei held at the World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. Marut said he had practiced for hours at home so he could successfully prepare the dish at the show. A culinary competition, entitled "the United Tastes of America --Asian Chef Challenge," was also held at the USA Pavilion, with winning chefs from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taipei facing off at the grand finale on the same day. The winning chef and his team will be awarded round-trip tickets to attend the Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival in the U.S., the AIT said. The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties. The U.S. Meat Export Federation said Asia has become one of the most important markets for the U.S. Exports of U.S. agricultural products to Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taiwan accounted for one-third of the U.S.'s global agricultural exports in 2012, according to the federation. (By Chen Pei-huang and Ann Chen)
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