According to a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Statement of Work (SOW) that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has obtained, eighteen professional chefs from some of China’s most upscale restaurants will come to America for the five-day training endeavor. The chefs, whom USDA’s Agricultural Trade Office in Shanghai is tasked with selecting, must pay for their own airfare; however, the U.S. government will cover remaining expenses such as lodging, training fees, and transportation during their stay.
Upon their return to China, some of these chefs will participate in a USDA-coordinated “Great American” menu-promotion initiative.
Ultimately, USDA is aiming to “create demand for more American food and beverage products in China’s rapidly developing food service sector,” according to the SOW.