Celebrity Chef Arda TÜRKMEN highlights “Sustainable Cooking” at the Turkish Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai


On the 15th of February, following Turkish President Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN’s highly anticipated visit to Expo 2020 Dubai, the Mediterranean Aquatic and Animal Products Exporters’ Association headed by Deputy Chairman Ali Can YAMANYILMAZ, organized a tasting event for UAE media, led by Turkey’s celebrity chef Arda TÜRKMEN, with the esteemed presence of Turkey’s deputy minister of trade Rıza Tuna TURAGAY.

The event titled “Sustainable Agriculture Starts in the kitchen” was organized by the association to draw the attention of the participants to the Turkey stand and promote Turkey and Turkish food products in line with the ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ concept, and to create awareness by bringing Turkey and Turkish food products together with the ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ concept by creating an agenda both on the exhibition grounds and in the target countries.

During the event, Chef TÜRKMEN delivered a presentation to the guests where he highlighted the excellence of the Turkish food products and best practices of food waste management and sustainable cooking. The event also showcased the different variety of Turkish products where guests experienced the ‘Taste of Turkish cuisine’.

The chef cooked his meals live in front of the audience, and engaged with them to explain how they can reuse the ingredients used in the meals, in order to decrease food wastage.

The attending media then had a chance to participate in a round table with HE Rıza Tuna TURAGAY, Deputy Minister of Trade, and discuss the future of trade and arising opportunities between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates in light of current developments.

“We are happy to have organized this event on such a historical day for both Turkey and UAE. As a symbol of our shared values, we have chosen the theme of the event to go carefully with Expo 2020 Dubai’s concept that supports sustainability and zero waste notions. We hope that through our efforts we can strengthen the perception of our exceptional food products and practices in Dubai and the UAE.” Said Ali Can Yamanyilmaz, Deputy Chairman of the Mediterranean Aquatic and Animal Products Exporters’ Association.

This is not the association’s first appearance in Dubai, since they have recently organized a business dinner and tasting event on the 20th of January, where Turkey’s prowess as a gourmet destination was displayed to the esteemed guests through the efforts of Chef TÜRKMEN.

Turkish Mediterranean Aquatic and Animal Products Exporters’ Association works closely with public institutions, non-governmental organizations and private sector as well as national and international entities to ensure professional ethics and solidarity among exporters and promote mutually beneficial economic partnerships with strategic markets.


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