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Bid for Italian cuisine to join UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

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The Italian government is putting Italian cuisine forward as this year’s candidate to join the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage.

The Ministers of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Francesco Lollobrigida and Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano proposed the practice of Italian cuisine for this year’s UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Foreign Ministry will now send the dossier to UNESCO. The organisation will commence its evaluation process. It should be completed by December 2025 at the latest, sources said.

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What is in the Italian cuisine dossier?

The candidacy dossier defines Italian cuisine as a “combination of social practices, rituals and gestures based on the many local flavours that, without hierarchy, identify it and mark it out.

“This mosaic of traditions reflects the country’s biocultural diversity and is based on the common denominator of conceiving the moment of preparation and consumption of the meal as an occasion for sharing and talking.”

Rome LUISS private University Professor Pier Luigi Petrillo wrote the dossier. In the past, Petrillo also wrote the bids for many elements of the Mediterranean Diet as well as Neapolitan pizzaiuoli pizza makers

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