MAFF(Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Japan), hosted the first Indo-Japan food forum in association with JETRO(Japan External Trade Organisation) & ASSOCHAM on 16th March 2017. The idea was to bring the industry leaders, ministry officials and culinary expert in one forum to discuss the growing Japanese food culture in India, its advantage and health benefits and how the leadership can provide help and directives to ease the business in India.
The eminent speakers were Kenko Sone(Minister Economics, JP embassy in India), Hiroshi Hosokawa(Acting GM Mitsubishi-UJF), Koichi Fukawa(Kagome Co. Ltd), Tomonaga Tejima(Sushi Junction), Chef Julia Carmen Desa, Rahul Sharma(Chairman, IN-JP Business Promotion Council, Assocham) and other dignitaries.
After the presentation and Q&A, there was a food tasting session by Chef Julia, who presented an Indo-JP fusion food. The food was literal fusion of Indian cuisine or should I say the food we eat nowadays. (For recipes click here)
The Japanese delegates also bought some products from their country and let us had a taste of it and collected feedback on whether this can be used in India markets.
ABOUT THE FORUM
In order to promote Japanese food and its favourable food preparation methods and techniques effectively in India, the MAFF of Japan hosted the Indo-Japan Food Forum in association with JETRO and ASSOCHAM on March 16th, 2017 from 3 pm to 6 pm at ASSOCHAM. The theme of the forum was ‘Food and Health’ and its objective was to showcase the advantages of Japanese food and technology, and its benefits to health and beauty. At the forum, discussions and food-tasting sessions with Indian chefs also took place. They prepared Indian dishes by combining Japanese ingredients, developing healthy and refined Indo-Japanese cuisine. The forum opened doors to several leading Japanese food processing companies, known for their technology, to invest in India.