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Colombian Celebrity Chef Vicky Acosta visits KOTO

Updated: Apr 23

As part of the framework for the Plan of Colombia Promotion Abroad for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Vietnam welcomed the recognized chef Cali Victoria Eugenia Acosta. At the start of her tour of Southeast Asia, Vicky Acosta gave a cooking class on Colombian Pacific region cuisine to 30 students from KOTO-Know one, teach one.- a nonprofit social enterprising serving at-risk and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.

The beginning of the class, Charge d'Affaires ep Alban Carlos Alfonso Franco, welcomed Chef Vicky and shared a few words about the variety of Colombian cuisine according to each of the regions. Later, he gave the floor to the chef in order to begin a long culinary journey.

The class was divided into two main parts: first, a theoretical session to talk about Latin American cuisine, particularly Colombia, and second, a time for the preparation of the dishes. When asked by the chef on his knowledge of Colombia, animated students talked football and Colombian coffee. During the practical session, the students were very interested to new dishes and flavors of the Colombian Pacific, and concluded the session with an exquisite tasting dishes prepared in class.

The visit of the Cali chef is part of the activities organized for the celebration of July 20 in Vietnam, which will be held at the Hotel Melia Hanoi on Friday, July 17 at 6:30 pm. In the interest of supporting the chef and continue their education, a select group of KOTO students will accompany Vicky during this special event.

The KOTO Foundation has its beginnings in 1999 and is today a recognized program of hotel with capacity of 200 Vietnamese trainees from harsh environments or at risk. To date, Koto has trained 633 young people, who have subsequently been used in renowned restaurants and hotels in Vietnam and abroad. KOTO welcomes every 6 months up to 30 trainees, aged between 16 and 22 years to start an intensive 24-month program in hospitality, taught in English. The Foundation is proud to ensure a success rate of 100 percent in placing graduates in their first job in renowned hotels.

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