Wednesday May, 6th, 2015: Flora Pereira: On Saturday May 2nd 2015 teams of five were in Washington D.C. representing Belize as they participated in Passport D.C. 2015 Cultural Event.
Great event Passport DC 2015 is a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC’s thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied international culture.
Celebrated annually in May, which is International Cultural Awareness Month in Washington, Passport DC is 31 days of programming by 70 embassies and more than 40 of DC’s very best cultural institutions.
Ambassador Nestor Mendez Invited Chef Kuylen along with Flavors of Belize, Cuello’s Distillery, BTB, BHA and Belize Audubon Society.
Belize was one of the embassies that opened its doors and participated in showcasing and welcoming over 7,000 D.C. residents to experience, its food, arts, dance, fashion and music.
Flavors of Belize along with Sean Kuylen took on the role of representing an authentic experience of Belizean Cuisine offering visitors popular local foods such as sere, ducunu, and relleno negro.
“The event was well attended and for Belize being a small country, we were the only one that had a consistent line which was almost a block of people in line to experience Belize. With approximately 6,000 people passing through,” Tanya Mcnab of Flavors of Belize told Belize Media Group in an interview.
For Chef Sean Kuylen this was an honor to represent Belize on world stage for the 4th time at Passport D.C.
Kuylen told Belize Media Group that what was mostly amazing for him was showing off Belizean cultures and having each cuisine speak of a culture. He was accompanied by Garifuna Drumming from St. Vincent which helped in presentation of the Garifuna culture.
Yesterday Kuylen received a call from Ambassador Nestor Mendez that he is being invited to return to D.C. to participate in the Embassy Chef Challenge to be held on May 20th 2015.
Embassy Chef Challenge is a truly exclusive culinary experience that pays tribute to extraordinary international cuisine and one of Washington’s best kept secrets – the world-class talents of embassy chefs!
Up to 15 private chefs from Washington’s embassies will serve small-bite appetizers to flaunt the unique cuisine of their countries in a competition to win the challenge. A panel of celebrity judges will select a winner, and guests will vote for the people’s choice winner.
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