American chef to present dish for U.S. and Kazakhstan presidents in Astana 05 июня 2013, 16:36
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U.S. chef Mark Tafoya. Photo by Marat Ablilov©
U.S. chef Mark Tafoya held a master class in Astana, Tengrinews.kz reports.
“If I had a chance to cook for presidents Barack Obama or Nursultan Nazarbayev, I would cook a dish from where I was born, from New Mexico. It is called Posole. This is, by the way, the dish I will be cooking at the master class tomorrow. This will be a mixture of green and red pepper and corn. This is the food we eat at home. It is typical for New Mexico. I think the presidents would love this dish,” Mark Tafoya said on June 4.
According to him, there is no traditional drink that goes with this dish, as it is a family food. But he recommended a drink traditional for New Mexico.
“The drink is called Atolle. This is a hot drink made of blue corn that grows in our area. We make a hot drink out of it in winter. It is very thick and nourishing,” the cook said.
He believes that it is possible to cook a good food quite quickly, without calling it fast food. According to the chef, the problem of fast food is not related to its fast cooking, but to the chemicals it contains.
“This is my first visit to Kazakhstan. I’ve been to Asian countries like China, Indonesia and Japan before. I have also been to Mexico, Canada and other countries. This is my life goal, I’m obsessed with the idea of getting to know a country via its food. I think that it is very important to exchange our culture via food. I'd call it a food diplomacy philosophy. Being here, I tried a lot from Kazakh cuisine but still have not tried cooking anything myself. I love beshparmak and kumys, as I love meat, especially horsemeat. I will learn to cook beshparmak on my next visit to Kazakhstan, as I have nobody in America to teach me do this,” Mark Tafoya said.
By Baubek Konyrov