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Seeking food tourism, US deploys 'chef corps' to Asia

Published on Jun 27, 2014 7:37 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Known for his love of fine but healthy food, President Barack Obama is deploying chefs - including his own - to Asia in hopes of bringing food tourists to the United States.

The five chefs will take part in Independence Day celebrations on July 4 in a bid to promote both US agriculture produce and regional cuisine, a stretch from the diet of hamburgers and pizza that much of the world associates with the United States.

The White House personal chef Sam Kass, an advocate of organic food who also directs First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program aimed at fighting childhood obesity, will appear at the event in Seoul.

Four other members of "the American Chefs Corps" - who cook in high-end restaurants in Austin, Boston, Chicago and New Orleans - will take part in events in Beijing, Canberra, Taipei and Tokyo, the State Department said.

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