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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Chief of Protocol Ambassador Rufus Gifford, and Chief Executive Officer of the James Beard Foundation Clare Reichenbach will deliver remarks to commemorate the launch of the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at 5:45 p.m. ET at the Department of State.

Following the speaking program, Secretary Blinken will witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding by Ambassador Rufus Gifford and Clare Reichenbach to solidify the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership between the Department of State and the James Beard Foundation.  The core mission is to add another tool to the Department of State’s public diplomacy toolkit by embracing and utilizing food, hospitality, and the dining experience as diplomatic tools to engage foreign dignitaries, bridge cultures, and strengthen relationships with civil society.

In partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the Department of State has curated the American Culinary Corps, a network of more than 80 of the United States’ influential chefs and culinary professionals who will participate in programs and events on behalf of the Department of State in the United States and abroad to foster cross-cultural exchange.  Participants from the American Culinary Corps, the foreign Diplomatic Corps, culinary community members, and U.S. government officials will gather in-person to celebrate the Department of State’s strides to advance the nation’s culinary diplomacy.

The event will be open press and livestreamed on and .

Preset time for video cameras is at 4:45 p.m. from the C Street Entrance. Final access for writers and still photographers is at 5:25 p.m. from the C Street Entrance.

Media representatives may attend the launch event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center); (2) a media-issued photo identification card; or (3) a letter from the requester’s employer on letterhead verifying his/her employment status as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport). Those who do not have a State Department building pass should allow adequate time for visitor security processing at the 23rd Street entrance.

Please submit any media inquiries via the web form located on the ‘Information for Journalists’ page on

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