Chef Joel Basumatri represented Nagaland at the world famous slow food festival Terra Madre Salone del Gusto which was held in Turin, Italy. This was an outcome of Slow Food India, the North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society (NESFAS), Chef Joel and NEbuzz.com, who are making collaborative efforts towards Slow Food Movement in the Northeast.
Terra Madre Salone del Gusto brought together farmers, food producers, and chefs from around 150 countries.
Chef Joel prepared popular Naga dishes on the second day of the food festival, at a taste workshop. Through his food, he aimed to represent the rich culture and history of the Nagas, food practices, indigenous lifestyle, and the multiple tribes of Nagaland.
In addition to that, he also collaborated with Chef Sean Sherman, a Native American of the Sioux tribe, well-known for revitalizing indigenous food systems in a modern culinary context. They served guests at a pop-up kitchen where Chef Joel used simple and local ingredients and gave them his own twist to elevate the dishes to fine dining standards.
Know More About Chef Joel
He is the proprietor of ‘Smokey Joe’s’ and also co-owner of ‘Naga Bowl and Grill’ in Dimapur. He is also one of the first chefs in Nagaland to actively advocate the important message of slow food.
Source: Morung Express