Macau (MNA) – For the first time, the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) will host a public cooking show with chefs from UNESCO Creative Cities of Gastronomy attending on January 19 to 20.
This event will cost around MOP3.5 million, according to MGTO director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes on the sidelines of a traditional blessing ceremony (pictured below) held on Monday at Anim’Arte Nam Van.
Three local celebrity chefs will also be featured during the event.
The first of the local chefs featured is Jacky Lam, who was honoured by the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) with the Medal of Merit for Tourism in 2017, Joseph Tse, the executive chef of The 8, a restaurant with three Michelin stars, and Tam Kwok Fung, the executive chef of Wing Lei Palace Restaurant.
The weekend will see over 30 chefs from 20 Creative Cities of Gastronomy as well as two more candidate cities from China.
Chefs from Bergen (Norway), Buenaventura and Popayan (Colombia), Burgos and Denia (Spain), Chengdu and Shunde (China), Ensenada (Mexico), Gaziantep and Hatay (Turkey), Jeonju (Korea), Ostersund (Sweden), Panama City (Panama), Paraty (Brazil), Parma (Italy), Phuket (Thailand), San Antonio and Tucson (USA) and Tsuruoka (Japan) will join the event.
The two Chinese candidate cities, namely Huai’an and Yangzhou will also join the cooking show.
All food will be free, but meals prepared by the chefs from Creative Cities of Gastronomy will be distributed in limited portions.
For the ten food stalls available in the area, food will be free of charge as long as visitors perform several ‘challenges’ to gain coupons.
These actions are the following, namely, following MGTO’s WeChat account, completing Cooking Mama-themed challenges involving local Macao foods, taking photos either with Mak Mak, the MGTO’s mascot, with the perfoming chefs or at the Cooking Mama game photo zone, or of the surroundings and uploading on social media under #CityofGastronomy, or subscribing to an online version of MGTO’s publication What’s On Macao.
Fernandes told media that MGTO is undertaking more studies on culinary heritage in Macau in order to continually promote Macau as a Creative City of Gastronomy under UNESCO.