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International Cooking Event: a chance for everyone to come together and show off their national dishes

The Spanish team

This year’s edition of the International Cooking Event organised by the Avans School of International Studies (ASIS) was a hit. Many students came to chat over a beer and enjoy the huge range of free, exotic dishes.

ASIS takes on a lot of international students in the third year, so the school wanted to organise an event that would bring together these exchange students and Dutch students. Of course, good food and delicious drinks are the best way to get people talking.

Spanish tapas

Elena, from Spain, went back to her culinary roots during the Cooking Event. She had 4 typically Spanish dishes and drinks on her table: sangría, Spanish omelettes (tortilla), salmorejo (cold tomato soup) and pan con tomate (grilled bread with tomato). You could hear how proud she was when she was telling us how the dishes are prepared. She and her group really did their best – not many other groups had prepared 4 different dishes!

Brazilian delicacies

The Brazilian group made brigadeiros (truffles made of chocolate and condensed milk) especially for the event. Caio, one of the participants, explains: “This dish is part of my childhood, as brigadeiros are often served at children’s parties. They are really easy to make. But once you eat one, you can’t stop!”

Japanese sushi
2 Dutch students – the only Dutch students following Asian Business Studies – were sitting behind the Japanese table and preparing sushi. Roy and Guus had this to say about the experience: “We’ve never tried making sushi before. It looks harder than it actually is. All you need to do is put the rice in and roll. Saying that, we forgot to add soy sauce!”

Around 15 groups took part in the event, with the French team crowned winner. Full of cakes, tarts and quiches, their table was very popular with our student food tasters. They won 2 bottles of wine and, of course, the honour of being champion.

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