Become a Culinary Ambassador: Why Was the Reality TV Star of 'Ace of Cakes' Named a U.S. Ambassador?

Want to become a culinary ambassador? Just ask Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes how he did it.

September 18, 2012 2:03 PM EDT | By Anthony Smith
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Want to become a culinary ambassador? Just ask the Ace of Cakes how he did it. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Want to become a culinary ambassador? Just ask the Ace of Cakes how he did it.

Silly season has begun, and it kicks off with Duff Goldman, a Reality TV star and baker of decadence most known for his time on Ace of Cakes, has just been bestowed with the title of gastronomic diplomat, according to a recent CNN article. 

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The James Beard Foundation (think the Academy Awards but for cookbooks) and the U.S. State Department teamed up last week to debut The Diplomatic Culinary Porgram, a new initiative that seeks to create world peace-- even if that's likely to be undone once warring nations disagree about pizza toppings.

At the behest of the ever-popular Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, chefs were asked to create distinctly American dishes garnished with the cuisines from other nations to be fed to the most esteemed foreign dignitaries from around the world.

Goldman will serve as a culinary ambassador in some of the most renowned kitchens worldwide, starting with a trip to Columbia, where he will demonstrate cake decoration to a room of six thousand people this fall.

"When you're cooking with somebody even if they don't speak your language you're still cooking with them," Goldman said to CNN, "We've shared experiences in our careers, in our lives, in our passion of the things that we really believe in."



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