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Embassy Chef Challenge

Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge Update
UPDATE 3/8/21: DC’s annual multicultural culinary showdown, the Embassy Chef Challenge, is officially online for 2021— and this year the chefs are challenging you to deepen your understanding of international cultures. Join us as we take an intimate look into the dynamic world of embassy chefs and culinary diplomacy in a captivating new video series on our new platform, GATHER by Events DC.

Each episode will give you an exclusive look inside the embassy grounds to witness culture afresh, through the eyes of a culinary master.  Check out this intimate look inside the rarely glimpsed world of embassy chefs at www.gatherthedistrict.com/embassy-chef
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Sample authentic dishes representing Africa, The Americas, Asia, Caribbean, and Europe, all prepared by an embassy chef.


Sip exotic cocktails, wines, beers, liquors, and other beverages unique to countries around the world.


Experience a mix of global cultures through live performances by musicians and dancers throughout the evening.


Enjoy a variety of culturally diverse, live musical performances, ranging from vocalists to instrumentalists.

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The 12th annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge celebrates culinary diplomacy and provides a uniquely DC opportunity to taste authentic food and drinks from embassy chefs representing all regions of the world.

An array of international performances including musicians and dancers provide the entertainment throughout the evening. In no other city can you experience in a single evening the variety of delicious, authentically-prepared global cuisine and diverse, live cultural performances. Cultural diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of the Challenge. Attendees should bring an empty stomach, open mind and be prepared to take a culinary journey around the world. 

Come early, stay late!  After experiencing each embassy station to sample the sips and bites, be part of the excitement to see which chefs win the Judge’s Choice awards, voted on by an esteemed panel of culinary experts. The People's Choice winner offers attendees the opportunity to vote for their favorite selections!

Read about the history of the Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge

Stay updated on the 2020 Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge

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