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The presentation of the European project Slow Food Central Europe: culture, heritage, food and identity held on Monday, 11th November, at the premises of the Tourist-Catering High School in Dubrovnik marked the beginning of the cooperation with the world largest movement for the protection of biodiversity and traditional agriculture.

The presentation, whose main purpose was familiarizing the students and teachers with the Slow Food philosophy, the history of the movement and methodology and goals of the three-year-long project on the food heritage valorisation, was held by Mia Hrnić, on behalf of the development agency DURA and Ivo Kara-Pešić on behalf of the Association Kinookus.

The present teachers and students of all programmes their school offers were welcomed by the Headmaster Perušina, who emphasized the importance of local food for the cultural identity of a community as well as respect and curiosity when getting to know different gastro cultures.

Mia Hrnić, DURA Project Leader, presented all the partners of the projects that encompasses Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia, or five UNESCO world heritage cities: Venice, Krakow, Brno, Keckemet and Dubrovnik.

Ivo Kara-Pešić thoroughly talked about the Slow Food origins and projects, in particular addressing the project Chefs’ Alliance and the role of restaurants, chefs and waiters in preserving and promoting local food heritage. Moreover, the programmes of the University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo, the only University of this type in the world, were presented in details as well as the possibilities provided to the teachers and students of Tourist-Catering High School through the cooperation with Pollenzo within this three-year-long project.

After the presentation a short discussion followed where the students were mostly interested in finding out how to become a student of the University of Gastronomic Science. All the participants agreed that a lot of work is needed to be done in order for the rich food heritage of Dubrovnik to get its well-deserved place in the local life and for the project to generate realistic basis for its revalorisation.

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