Headquartered at 18 Truong Dinh Street in District 3, the center is under the management of the HCMC Tourism Association. Its members are chefs, culinary experts and managers of food enterprises.
The center will carry out research on popular food and beverages of Vietnam to introduce the local culinary art and tourism to the world.
Specifically, studies on vegetarian recipes in the nation’s south, coconut flesh jam and banana candy in Ben Tre Province, and ginger in Dong Nai Province are being implemented. Chefs and experts will also revive and promote traditional dishes.
The center will conduct training courses and contests on food and bakery skills to give more opportunities for local chefs to work overseas and to hold exhibitions and fairs to promote Vietnamese cuisine.
Nguyen Thi Khanh, vice chairwoman of the HCMC Tourism Association, said the center has coordinated with Ha Giang Province to do research on spices and dishes of the northern mountainous province. A member of the center won a gold prize at the Street Food Festival in Singapore last month.
Khanh said Vietnamese food is attractive to international tourists, so the association will implement many promotion programs including teaching foreigners how to cook Vietnamese dishes.