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News | May 24 2018

Spain Launches Gastronomic Diplomacy

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has found a new ambassador to help welcome representatives from its international counterparts all over the world: gastronomy.

 Mario Sandoval Cochinillo

According to an article published last week by journalist Javier Casquiro in Spanish daily newspaper El País (“España estrena su diplomacia gastronómica con China,” May 18, 2018), the first recipient of this new diplomatic concept was the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, who was treated to a special lunch in the Spanish capital last Thursday, prepared by acclaimed Spanish chef Mario Sandoval of two-Michelin-starred Madrid restaurant Coque.


But this was no ordinary lunch. The article reports that the Spanish Ministry worked with Sandoval for a month to create a special menu that would represent a fusion of Spanish and Chinese flavors, combining classics from both Chinese and Madrid cuisine, and giving them Sandoval’s special, innovative touch.

The resulting dishes were the following: White shrimp with Sherry, fried shrimp head and Palo Cortado Sherry “pearls”; Almadraba tuna with tamarillos, passion fruit and shoots; and finally, a reinterpretation of the classic Peking Duck, but this time made with wood-oven roasted suckling pig from Segovia with its crispy skin, served with dehydrated lettuce; a delicious step in the right direction for diplomacy, no doubt!

The article reports that the Spanish Ministry worked with Sandoval for a month to create a special menu that would represent a fusion of Spanish and Chinese flavors, combining classics from both Chinese and Madrid cuisine, and giving them Sandoval’s special, innovative touch. Adrienne Smith /@ICEX
Mario Sandoval Cochinillo
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