Greetings. I spend much of today at an international culinary competition at a hotel in Budva. There were competitors from across Eastern Europe and the Balkans. I was able to listen to the keynote speech made by the new President of the World Association of Chefs. His message was succinct, and insightful. He spoke of the need for culinary professionals to be well-educated in order to be able to address issues such as the sustainability of food supplies, dietary health and good taste. He also emphasized that competitions such as this are not simply matters of winning medals, and that everyone involved should learn.
It was interesting to watch the competitors at work, see some of their creations and observe the judges.
There was an interesting and flavorful demonstration of lamb cooked in milk.
I was served an ample portion.
There was a pastry table.
And there was a pastry competition. This was a chocolate torte/violin.
There was a demonstration of ham carving.
There was a separate competition for waiters in which they demonstrated skill at table side preparation of salads.
In the adjoining room, a special lunch service was set up.
Then there was lunch. I had one of my newly found culinary loves, bean stew, while my friend and comrade Milan had grilled chicken. I am not sure how the cook fried the potatoes, but I would like a quick lesson.
This is a special cheese spread that includes finely chopped spinach and chile peppers.
This corn muffin with chile peppers is a local specialty.
The view from our table was not too shabby.
Charles (Karlo) Baker-Clark
I am a university professor with interests in the relationship of food and culture. I am also a Fulbright Scholar and will deploy to Montenegro in September, 2014 where I will collaborate in teaching and learning about food and culture as well as food tourism. This blog is dedicated to sharing my experiences in Montenegro with you. It is also dedicated to my son Chad who mixes artistry and savvy in teaching people how to bake bread and make pizza.
This site, Zdravo (Hello) From Montenegro, is not an official Fulbright site. The views expressed on this site are entirely those of its author, Charles A. Baker-Clark, and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. State Department or any of its partner organizations.