Dominican chefs are now seeking Guinness record with sancocho

This great challenge will be carried out at the Flavor Fusion Fest 2022, whose theme will be Fusions of Ibero-America, and which will take place on September 17 in this city.

After their feat last year with the world’s largest mangú, now three renowned Dominican chefs seek to make history in Guinness World Records with a gigantic sancocho, another typical dish of the Dominican Republic.

This great challenge of the Flavor Fusion Fest, headed by chefs Amilkar Gonell and María Marte, along with Pamela Gonell, with the support of the City of Lawrence (Massachusetts), will be carried out at the Flavor Fusion Fest 2022, whose theme will be Fusions of Ibero-America, and which will take place on September 17 in this city.

“Lawrence is truly proud and privileged to have been chosen to host an event that will not only reach out to the community but to the world. Ours is a small city, but we immigrants will demonstrate that we continue to give value to the present and the past,” said Brian A. de Peña, mayor of Lawrence, during an official announcement of the event.

Amilkar Gonell, CEO of Flavor Fusion Fest (FFF), thanked the guests for their support at the launching ceremony and expressed the satisfaction and pride he and his team feel in trying to achieve this initiative, which seeks to put Dominican gastronomy and the Dominican flag on a higher level.

Amilkar Gonell, reiterated that for the Flavor Fusion Fest Lawrence 2022, in which there will be two hosts, Dominican Republic and Spain, an agreement was recently signed with the Ibero-American Academy of Gastronomy, to concentrate the best chefs from different countries, to create the best recipes worldwide and the concept “50 dishes of Ibero-America”.

Gonell revealed that “we will have courses, we will create the 50 dishes of Ibero-America, we will celebrate Restaurant Week, with menus at special prices, there will be an exhibition of vehicles (as a tool to attract tourists) and even food truck competitions”.

Present at the launching of the festival were Mark Laplan, president of the City of Lawrence Council; Frank Moran and Marcos Devers, state representatives (Masachusetts House of Representatives); and Roy Basque, chief of Police at Lawrence Police Department.

Through a digital connection Rafael Ansón, president of the Ibero-American Academy of Gastronomy (AIBG), emphasized that FFF “will allow to show the evolution that food, gastronomy and cuisine have had in recent years and the leading role of agri-food production to make gastronomy the most healthy, supportive and sustainable activity, as well as satisfactory”.
Meanwhile, Luis Ros, president of the Dominican Academy of Gastronomy (ADG), referred to a second edition that will turn the city of Lawrence into the epicenter of Ibero-American gastronomy and that “will contribute to the positioning of the Dominican gastronomy that opens its arms to all Ibero-America”.

Antonella Ruggiero, general director of the AIBG; Óscar Guerrero, from Index Boston; and René Brea, producer of FFF, referred to the construction and recognition of multiculturalism through gastronomy.

Miguel Mejías, CEO of AFuegoAlto, emphasized that Flavor Fusion Fest is already “part of Dominican and world gastronomic history”, while Wendy Estrella, CEO of Estrella Law Offices, highlighted the importance of private collaboration thanks to the Lawrence Partnership. Culture will be a fundamental axis of the Festival, thanks to the collaboration of the Dominican Athenaeum and the artist Domenic Marte.

About Flavor Fusion Fest Foundation

It is an organization that defends, promotes, supports and celebrates the art of Ibero-American culinary experiences that bring people together. Its main event is an annual festival, with an agenda of activities, which allows the establishment of sustainable strategies to support the goals of the 2030 Agenda, as well as highlighting a unique identity in the world.

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