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Food from the soul PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 06:10

Chef Eduardo Perez Romero has been in Addis Ababa since September 2nd as part of the celebration of the Mexican Month organized by the Embassy of Mexico. The well acclaimed Chef Romero has travelled the world and participated in many festivals showcasing his country’s food. On the last day of the Gastronomic Week that was held at the Sheraton Hotel on September 8th 2014, Romero sat down with Capital’s Eskedar Kifle to talk about his career in the food industry and his experience during this month’s Mexican Month festival: Excerpts;

Capital: Tell us about yourself.
Eduardo Perez Romero:
I am from Mexico City originally; I started to study to become a Chef when I was 20 years old in Mexico at a school called the International School of the famous TV chef, Letty Gordon.
After my studies, I started working for different hotels including Royal Hideaway, one of the best all inclusive hotels in that region. After that I became the manager of Xcaret; one of the nicest parks in Mexico.
Then I worked at Fiesta Americana which is a typical Yucatán restaurant. I also worked for a school, teaching new chefs.
I have had the opportunity to travel around the world; I was in Tunisia, Spain and Italy. I was also invited by the Embassy of Belgium to participate in a food festival. I was also invited to India; I travelled all around India for 3 and a half months, I went to more than ten cities and visited different hotels.
Then invitation came from the Mexican Embassy in Ethiopia; they invited me to be a part of the festival. I am very happy with the people’s responses; I did not expect them to be so positive. Those that came to the Gastronomic Week were happy and they liked the food. I made real authentic Mexican food, when preparing the food, the Ethiopians working with me also helped me a lot, it was an amazing team, with out them the festival wouldn’t be possible. Add a comment

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Partnering with communities PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 06:08

Founded over 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organisations in the world. Plan works in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. In 2013, Plan worked with 78 million children in 90,229 communities.
Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity and they aim to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives. Plan is an association of legal entities operating in countries around the world.
Here Plan Ethiopia has increased the scale of its operations, expanding to over 45 districts across 3 regional states and the Addis Ababa City Administration, and tightened its programmatic focus. The current country strategy centres on three core programs namely child protection, survival and child development, and education.
Manjo Kumar, the newly appointed Country Director talk about future programs which Plan Ethiopia aims to achieve;

Capital: When did you start your career? What were some of your first jobs? Can you tell us more about your educational background?
Manoj Kumar:
I have been working in the development and humanitarian sector for the past 17 years in  South Asia, West Africa, Southern Africa,  Eastern and  Northern  Africa.  I completed my  Master’s Degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences,  Mumbai, India and then started working with a local NGO in a tribal district of Western India.  I worked extensively in many parts of India before moving to Africa. Add a comment

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