Francisca Rivera and Magdalena Zaragozá win prizes in the Chinese cuisine photography competition

  • Confucius Institute
  • May 20th, 2021
Moment del lliurament dels premis.
Moment del lliurament dels premis.

The Confucius Institute of the University of Valencia (ICUV) and El Corte Inglés (ECI) have awarded the prizes for the Chinese cuisine photography competition held during the month of April. The jury of the competition, which met last week, after a thorough deliberation, awarded Francisca Rivera's photograph the first prize, a gift card worth 100 euros, and Magdalena Zaragozá the second prize, consisting of another gift card from the department store worth 75 euros.

The jury had to select from among more than a hundred photographs received and highlighted the high symbolic value of the images. In all of them, according to the director of the ICUV, Vicente Andreu, "the knowledge of Xinx culture in Valencia is clearly perceived, as well as the culinary similarities between the two societies, which have rice as their fundamental gastronomic ingredient". According to Pau Pérez Rico, ECI's Regional Communications Director, "this competition is yet another example of the collaboration between the two institutions, in a year in which we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of ECI in Valencia".

The competition consisted of photographing a three-delicious fried rice, after watching an explanatory video by a Xinese chef. Xina cuisine, one of the most refined and ancient, is present in almost all parts of the world, although its preparation methods are, in many cases, unknown. With the competition, the ICUV and ECI have highlighted this country's culinary contribution to culture, society and economy, with one of its best-known and most famous dishes. The ICUV is considered a "Model" Confucius Institute by its Xinjiang headquarters, and has received several awards and mentions, including the 2017 Distinction for Cultural Merit 9 d'Octubre from the Generalitat de Catalunya and the distinction of being one of the 20 best Confucius Institutes of that year, among the 550 that exist around the world today.