Last week, a group of over 80 chefs were announced as the American Chef Corps, a part of the State Department's Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, and over 50 of them gathered in Washington, DC to celebrate. According to Eater DC, future duties of the Chef Corps may include preparing meals for visiting dignitaries or engaging in cultural exchanges while traveling abroad. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put it this way in a video address: "Food isn't traditionally thought of as a diplomatic tool, but I think it's the oldest diplomatic tool. Sharing a meal can help people transcend boundaries and build bridges in a way that nothing else can."
Chefs in the Corps include big names from all over the country: José Andrés, Rick Bayless, John Besh, Masaharu Morimoto, a smattering of Food Network and Top Chef people, and more. See Eater DC for all the best quotes and gossip from the event. The list below is the full Corps "as of September 7," so expect more names to be added in the future.
The Diplomatic Culinary Partnership's American Chef Corps
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