Chefs for Peace 311.
(photo credit: Yoni Reif)
Earthlings rest assured: An all-star team of chefs has formed a “coalition of
the cooking” devoted to the cause of world peace.
The delegation from the
group “Club des Chefs des Chefs” (CCC) met on Wednesday morning at the Herods
Hotel in Tel Aviv (“Le city de over-priced restaurants and bars”) where they
spoke about the mission that brought them to Israel – a sort of “truffle
diplomacy” to the Middle East.
The chefs included White House
Executive Sous Chef Tommy Kurpradit; Jerome Rigaud, head chef of the Kremlin;
Ulrich Kerz, chef of the Federal Chancellory of Germany; Bernard Vaussion, head
chef of the Elysee Palace; Christian Garcia, chef of the prince of Monaco; and
Shalom Kadosh, the executive chef of the Fattal Hotels Group.
delegation came following an initiative launched by Kadosh, a member of the CCC.
During their visit, the chefs will tour Israel, meet local chefs and cook a
dinner with Israeli and Palestinian chefs at the Herods Hotel called “Cooking
for Peace,” with the proceeds going to the Peres Center for
Kurpradit was a last-minute replacement for Executive White House
Chef Cristeta Comerford, who was not able to attend. Kurpradit said he does not
have his own Secret Service detail, or code name, disappointing those who may
have been hoping that he would reveal that his bodyguard’s call him “The Crepe
Pan” or “The Turkey Baster.”
Kurpradit did reveal, maybe somewhat
unsurprisingly, that First Lady Michelle Obama calls the shots around the White
House kitchen in that the menu is heavilyinspired by her healthy-foods
When asked if there are any steps taken to prevent anyone
from poisoning the chief of staff, the first family, or White House dog Bo, he
replied “no comment,” and hurried down a stairway for the hotel
Rigaud spoke of preparing meals for Russian banquets, which are
often of a Siberianscale, with thousands of guests wolfing down haute cuisine
and, one assumes, prodigious amounts of vodka and champagne.
originally from France, and while his employment at the Kremlin could suggest a
troubling new Franco-Russian alliance, it is in keeping with a tradition held by
the tsars, who typically staffed their palace kitchens with French
Rigaud also revealed that while in the employ of Vladimir Putin,
he has learned how to make a dynamite bowl of borscht. In a slip of the tongue
he may regret later, Rigaud said he has shared the borscht recipe with his
German counterpart Ulrich Kerz, a security breach that could inflame his
employers in Moscow.
Kerz, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s schnitzel
provider, showed off the dish he has prepared for the banquet: apple strudel
with vanilla sauce, cream of yogurt, and a single piece of ravioli made from two
thin circular apple slices. The ravioli not only looked delicious, but also
appeared to be a classic example of German engineering and
All the chefs said that the dishes they plan to prepare will be kosher.
CCC President Gilles Bragard
, a French industrialist, said the group includes chefs of heads of state from 30
When asked why they did not invite Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas’s personal chef (assuming he has one), he pointed out
that since the PA is not a member of the CCC they did not invite someone from
His clarification was comforting for those picturing a
heavy-set Palestinian man in a chef’s toque being held up by IDF troops at the
Qalandiya checkpoint on one of the rainiest days of the year.Bragard
believes the group is “the most exclusive gastronomic club in the world, because
you must be the chef of the head of state.” He added that he feels that chefs
are “the best ambassadors of the country,” arguing that just as the key to a
man’s heart is through his stomach, the same goes for diplomacy.
only hope that the next time the CCC visits Israel the delegation will include
the ayatollahs’ personal chef, who will dine in an upscale Tel Aviv restaurant
and embrace his Israeli counterparts in peace, before being presented with the
higher-priced tourist menu.