The inauguration of the Sino-Italian Culinary College jointly established by the member units of the China-Italy Delicacy Silk Road Education Alliance was successfully held on November 20th, 2020.
Gu Jian-xin, member of the party leadership group, Deputy Director, and first class inspector of the Foreign Affairs Office of the People's Government of Zhejiang Province, Wei Guo-tan, TCZJ’s Secretary of Party Committee, Shen Jian, President of Zhejiang Catering Industry Association, Ji Zhi-hai, Vice Chairman of Zhejiang Federation of Overseas Chinese, Zheng Heng-hui, Director of the Foreign Cooperation and Exchange Division of Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, together with Wang Fang, TCZJ’s Vice President, and other dignitaries attended the “Opening Ceremony.” Due to widespread COVID-19, Alessio Mammi, Director-General of Agriculture Department, Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Maria Moreni, Chairman of Italy-China Link Association, Alan Orreal, Chairman of Young Chefs Global Development Team of WACS, Xing Ying, Executive Vice President of the World Federation of Catering Industry, attended this grand event via online video.
Wei Guo-tan stressed that with the establishment of the Sino-Italian Culinary College and the opening of the Talented Class, the alliance's work will not only be co-existing with the collaborative development of schools and enterprises, but will also resonate with the cultural exchanges between China and Italy.
Director –General Mammi congratulated the establishment of the Sino-Italian Culinary College, stressing that the friendship between China and Italy has a long history. Also, since the beginning of this year, the people of the two countries have helped and supported each other in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially in the most difficult time in Italy, Zhejiang Province established an anti-pandemic medical expert team to provide valuable support. He revealed that it is expected that the Sino-Italian Culinary College can shoulder the important task of the exchange and interaction of the food culture of the two countries, and defend the value of traditional food and food culture.
Mr. Gu Jian-xin also sent his congratulatory blessings to the establishment of the Sino-Italian Culinary College. He sincerely expressed that the Provincial Foreign Affairs Office will continue to support the cooperation between the two parties to fulfill broader exchanges under the framework of friendship between the two provinces.
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Italy. After a year of preparations, the alliance member units decided to jointly build the Sino-Italian Culinary College in Italy, located in the Alma International Culinary School.
At the inauguration ceremony, the first Italian Culinary Talented Class opened. After various levels of selection, a total number of 31 students from the School of Culinary Art of TCZJ joined the first session. Alma International Culinary School and our school respectively give caps to students and issue student certificates. The alliance will arrange for teachers to carry out Italian culinary "special training" for the first batch of students.