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Ambassadors’ Wives Cook Polish Dishes
December 19, 2013   
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The wives of ambassadors based in Poland tried their hand at cooking traditional Polish dishes during culinary workshops with celebrity chef Karol Okrasa.

The workshops, entitled “Culinary Travels with Karol Okrasa,” were held for the seventh time. They were attended by almost 20 wives of foreign diplomats. Designed to promote Polish cuisine and culture, they provided the women, hailing from a variety of cultural backgrounds, with an opportunity to explore Polish cuisine, drink and regional products, giving them an insight into the culture and history of Poland along with its traditions, handed down from generation to generation.

The workshops were held at the end of November at the Platter Restaurant in Warsaw. The central theme was the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner. Using recipes devised by Okrasa himself, the participants prepared Christmas dishes from different parts of Poland. The ambassadors’ wives were keen to learn about Polish holiday customs and asked a range of questions.

Okrasa’s students learned about Poland’s elaborate feasting and hospitality customs and learned how to cook national Polish dishes, serving them with Poland’s internationally famous vodka. Okrasa’s inventive recipes introduced the women to some of the most distinctive Polish flavors and defied the stereotype of contemporary Polish cuisine as one based on heavy food.

Okrasa said that cooking together was an enjoyable experience, no matter what country the participants came from. “Of course, my primary goal is to promote Polish cuisine,” Okrasa said. “I hope that when they leave Poland, the ambassadors’ wives will not only take the recipes with them, but will also have memories of the rich flavors this cuisine offers.”
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