Chinese culinary culture enchants overseas students and chefs
Updated: 2017-06-19

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A Shanghai Summer School program for overseas students interested in Chinese culinary culture opened at Shanghai Polytechnic University on June 13. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

A Shanghai Summer School (3S) program for overseas students interested in Chinese culinary culture opened at Shanghai Polytechnic University on June 13.

A total of 30 students from countries including the US, France, Finland, Russia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Laos, Thailand and Cameroon will take part in the four-week program to learn more about China's diversified and unique cuisines.

According to Meng Zhaoshang, dean of the school of international exchanges at SSPU, this year's program will feature a richer curriculum providing a better mix of academic knowledge and hands-on experiences.

As several professional chefs are among the group of students, the program will offer them field trips to top-tier local hotels and restaurants, such as the Astor House Hotel, which was founded in 1846 and is renowned for its fusion food mixing Chinese and Western styles of cuisine.

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Polina Semenova, a student representative from Russia, speaks at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Shanghai Summer School Chinese Culinary Culture program on June 13. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The program is supported by the Shanghai Restaurants Association and Zhonghua Vocational School.

Polina Semenova, a student representative from Russia, extended her expectations for the program in fluent Chinese. She said she will take advantage of her specialty in food science and strive hard to cook more traditional Chinese dishes.

Shanghai Summer School, launched by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission in 2008, has become a branded project for international cultural and educational exchanges. Every summer, more than 400 overseas students take part in a variety of programs held by Shanghai universities to study Chinese and experience Chinese culture.

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Attendees at the opening ceremony of the 2017 Shanghai Summer School Chinese Culinary Culture program pose for a group photo. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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