“Culinary Identities: Building Cultural Synergies through Food,” was the theme title of a recent seminar held by Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) within the 17th edition of the monthly Roundtable held by the Indian Embassy in Cairo. The MACIC Roundtable engages youth, academicians, culture lovers, civil society in discussions on issues of mutual interest to India and Egypt.
The recent seminar chose the food topic basically because ‘Food’ is now widely regarded as an important subject of scholarly study becoming a tool to unlock mysteries behind many social and cultural particularities.
Both India and Egypt, home to two of the oldest civilisations in the world, have rich traditions and culture of food; many folklore tales centre on food.
The MACIC seminar discussions aimed at creating interaction and exchanging thoughts and ideas on all aspects related to food, while deliberating on ways to build cultural synergies through food.
The discussions also explored the potential of food tourism.
Speaking at the seminar were Elhamy al-Zayyat, former chairman of the Chamber of Tourism; Ashraf Gamal, editor-in-chief of Chefs Corner Magazine and managing-director of the Egyptian Chefs Association; Mr Melville Joseph John, a restaurateur; Mrs Noha Kaval Nin, Restaurateur, Karvin Hotel; and Mr Moustafa El Rafaey, Restaurateur, Owner of Zooba.
26 February 2018