The mission events included: a culinary tour of restaurants in Tel Aviv, a master class for local chefs, cooking for soldiers at IDF bases in the north of Israel and cooking based on special recipes at the official opening of the new boardwalk in Rosh HaAyin. The chefs arrived here as part of the Rosh HaAyin-New Orleans Partnership2Gether program of the Jewish Agency.
Four world renowned chefs from New Orleans visited Israel for a week in June, including award-winning chef John Besh who was rated by Food & Wine magazine as one of the ten best chefs in the United States. The mission visited Israel as part of a partnership project between the Jewish Agency and Rosh HaAyin, in conjunction with; the IDF, the Ministry of Tourism and the Israel Chef Association.
The chefs, who live in New Orleans, participated in events and cookery workshops in Israel which were attended by leading Israeli chefs: Yair Feierberg from the Battle of Knives TV show, Boaz Tza’iri who owns the Sushi chain in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Eyal Lavi from the Rokakh 73 restaurant and others. The chefs visited restaurants in Israel: the Yoezer wine bar in Jaffa, the Delal bakery shop in Naveh Tzedek and the Raphael restaurant. During their visit the chefs prepared a festive meal for IDF combat soldiers and were hosted by families in Rosh HaAyin where they got a taste of the local cuisine. The chefs honored the official opening of the new boardwalk in Rosh HaAyin with their presence and food they prepared for the event, where gourmet dishes were sold to the general public for NIS 10. Revenue from the event went to caring for children at risk.
Leah Golan, deputy director general for programs of the Jewish Agency, said that: “The chefs are coming to Israel to celebrate the increasingly close ties between the residents of Rosh HaAyin and the Jewish community of New Orleans. This partnership is a perfect example of the potential offered by developing the ties between Israel and the Jewish communities living in the Diaspora.”
Chef Gilad Dolev, who initiated the mission, said that: “after hurricane Katrina Rosh HaAyin sent chefs to New Orleans, to offer support to the Jewish community. Today, after ties between the communities have become closer, it is time to for a reciprocal visit during which we will be able to get a taste of the cuisine of four renowned chefs from New Orleans, and to host them in our country.”
Recipes from 2011 Chefs Delegation
Recipes from 2010 Chefs Delegation
- Falafel Recipe
- Fattoush Recipe – Israeli Toasted Bread Salad
- Lentil And Burghul Fritters With Yoghurt Sauce
- Tabbouleh Salad Recipe