Since becoming a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, we have launched initiatives for chefs to interact with cities and educational institution domestically and internationally. As Japan’s only designated City of Gastronomy, we aim to become the premier location within the country for international exchange to occur through food and cooking.
We look for opportunities where both parties can learn from the other’s food culture and bring it back to their homes to share with their communities. We aim to expose our chefs to different types of working styles and tastes by giving them the chance to work together with foreign chefs, such that they learn new ways to approach the art of cooking.
EXCHANGE WITH OTHER CREATIVE CITIES OF GASTRONOMY FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Exchange with chefs from Bilbao
Jeonju, South Korea
In order to broaden our knowledge of food cultures from other cities, as well as to promote our unique gastronomy to different parts of the world, chefs in Tsuruoka are given the opportunity to travel overseas, learn more about a different cuisine, and bring it back to the local community.
・Bilbao, Spain (City of Design)
・Parma, Italy (City of Gastronomy)
・Denia, Spain (City of Gastronomy)
・Jeonju, South Korea (City of Gastronomy)
・Valencia, Spain (City of Gastronomy)
・Macao, China (City of Gastronomy)
・Chengdu, China (City of Gastronomy)
・Phuket, Thailand (City of Gastronomy)
UNIVERSITY OF GASTRONOMIC SCIENCES
As part of our efforts to promote Tsuruoka’s gastronomic culture both regionally and globally, we have partnered up with Italy's University of Gastronomic Sciences to design a gastronomic exchange programme for Italian students. As part of a 3-year contract, students from the University of Gastronomic Sciences visit Tsuruoka every year to learn about local food culture through immersive field studies.
Our ultimate goal with this programme is to create a new food culture industry that can promote and preserve local gastronomic traditions through international exchange.
TSUJI CULINARY INSTITUTE
Tsuji Culinary Institute, one of the leading culinary schools in Japan, has opened a collaboration with Tsuruoka City to impart knowledge of local ingredients, nature, and food culture to its students. Students will develop new menus that make use of local ingredients while interacting meaningfully with the locals and learning about Tsuruoka’s natural landscape.