In Episode 1, we talk with Paul Rockower, one of the founders of the field of gastrodiplomacy and culinary diplomacy. Our discussion touches on definitions and origins of the field — laying the groundwork for the field and for all later discussion. What inspired him to pursue the field? Why has this idea taken off over the last five years? Paul, Kelsey, and Sam discuss the differences between culinary diplomacy and gastrodiplomacy, and what other components make up the “pointillist painting” of the field. We talk about the work of the Thai, Korean, and Peruvian governments, the recent efforts by the US State Department, and the many non-governmental projects that have been taken on worldwide.
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