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So sweet: Italian chefs swap cooking tips with Gazan women

Italian and Palestinian chefs prepare traditional dishes from both of their countries during a workshop in Gaza


Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip received a cookery class from a group of chefs from Italy.

The culinary professionals, who entered the enclave via the Erez crossing, held a lesson on making pizzas and pastas at the Women’s Empowerment Centre (Tamkeen) in Jabalia.

Palestinian women, in turn, taught the chefs how to make the traditional Palestinian rice dish known as Maklouba, as well as other local cuisines.

During their visit to the centre’s main branch in Al-Nusairat, the Italian chefs learned how to make the traditional Palestinian dish Maftool, while Palestinians were given a master class in making Italian desserts.

This is the second time a group of Italian restaurant owners come to Gaza specifically to help teach Palestinians to make Italian cuisines. A similar group visited last year.

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