As an avid enthusiast of food and culture as well as a strong believer of communication and collective wisdom, I often dreamed of organizing an event where students from different parts of the world come together to celebrate their passions in food and culinary arts and to share their thoughts on food, culture and life.
That ambition was put into action last year when I started to plan and develop the 2014 International Youth Food Culture Contest, the first international writing and art contest focusing on food culture for middle and high school students. After almost four months’ outreaching, campaigning, sponsorship-seeking, judging, and many more, I am thrilled to see the outpouring of support and interest from around the world. We have received submissions from middle and high school students around the world, celebrating their passions in food and culinary arts, sharing their reflections on the role of food on a specific culture, voicing their opinions about the impact of food in history and in today’s fast changing world, and expressing their desire for a better and healthier food environment. I am truly grateful that this contest has brought enlightenment, inspiration, and pride to so many peers around the world.