What on earth is a food ambassador?

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The sharing of food has always been part of the human story. From Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv comes evidence of ancient meals prepared at a 300,000-year-old hearth, the oldest ever found, where diners gathered to eat together. Retrieved from the ashes of Vesuvius: a circular loaf of bread with scoring marks, baked to be divided. “To break bread together,” a phrase as old as the Bible, captures the power of a meal to forge relationships, bury anger, provoke laughter.

The symbolism of food roots itself in people, community and forging relationships, dating all the way back to 300,000 years ago. It is both in biology and emotion, take for example mothers feeding their infants, that it is used to show affection to loved ones, to show hospitality to strangers, or to adhere to or express religious beliefs to this day. It is a medium of communication, and where communication fails, food prevails. If there is one language that we all speak, it is the language of eating.

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Victoria Halina

Victoria Halina

Explorer, starter, change agent. Polymath — you’ll tell by my writing. Founder at www.alpacacoffee.co.uk — single origin coffee in plastic free packaging.