On August 28, Latvian celebrity chef Mārtiņš Sirmais began his tour to Washington, DC with a visit to the Nordic cuisine restaurant MIKKO.
Chef Sirmais, in collaboration with Chef Mikko, served dinner to Ambassador Andris Teikmanis, food media and Baltic-Nordic Embassy guests. The dinner consisted of products specifically sourced in Latvia – meadowsweet sparkling wine, sea buckthorn mousse, Baltic Sea sprats, bilberry marinated onion, as well as dark rye bread dessert, and others.
Chef Sirmais will present the best of modern Latvian cuisine from August 31 to September 5 to middle school students and their parents at the Washington Latvian Lutheran Church and to American students at Stratford University in Virginia. The Chef will conclude his visit with a presentation to the Embassy of Latvia partners in culture, government and non-governmental areas.
Chef Sirmais' visit to Washington, DC is supported by the American Latvian Association through their Centennial of Latvia projects fund, the Embassy of Latvia, as well as the Washington Latvian Lutheran Church. The visit’s aim is to present Latvia as a great destination for American tourists, especially gourmands, as well as to demonstrate creativity in the cuisine of contemporary Latvia.
Mārtiņš Sirmais is a Latvian celebrity chef, who is well known and loved for his creative approach to culinary arts. Chef Sirmais has a great experience in working towards sustainability in food presentation and restaurant management. He is a co-owner of the restaurant 3 Pavāru (Three Chefs) in Riga Old Town and a member of the Association of the Restaurants of Latvia. He has also gained success by presenting a Latvian TV cooking show "Cult Food" introducing international cuisine for five years. He has also published several cookbooks, among which he is a co-author of a kids' fairy tale cookbook "The White Bear," published in 2017. Chef Sirmais comes from a small town Dikļi, and has graduated from the Smiltene Technical College.
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